‘Disgrace’ tops Middle East festival

Steve Jacobs features takes Black Pearl prize

LONDON — Abu Dhabi’s Middle East Intl. Film Festival wrapped up its second edition Sunday night doling out over $1 million in prize money, with Steve Jacobs taking the best film Black Pearl prize for his feature “Disgrace,” starring John Malkovich, and Gonzala Arijon winning the doc Black Pearl for Stranded: I Have Come From a Plane that Crashed on the Mountains.”

Jacobs picked up $200,000 in prize money, with Arijon getting a check for $150,000.

Other winners include Elisabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s “Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love” ($125,000). Actress Ilham Shaheen for “Fawzia: A Special Blend” and actor Luca Zingaretti for “Wild Blood.” Both will pocket $75,000.

Fest wrapped Oct. 19 with the regional preem of helmer Ridley Scott’s “Body of Lies.” Cast member Michael Gaston attended the glitzy screening, along with Joseph Fiennes, Eva Green and a host of Arab film talent, including Egyptian actress Yousra and fast rising Syrian star Solaf Fawakherji.

Other winners:

Artistic Contribution – $75,000:
“Laila’s Birthday,” screenwriter: Rashid Masharawi

Audience Choice Award
“Saving Luna,” co-directors: Suzanne Chisholm & Michael Parfit; producer: Suzanne Chisholm

Narrative, short – $75,000
“The View,” co-directors: Hazim Bitar & Rifqi Assaf; producer: Amman Filmmaker Cooperative

Documentary, short – $75,000
“Breadmakers” director: Yasmin Fedda; producers: Jim Hickey & Robin Mitchell

Animation, short – $75,000
“Jacinta,” director: Karla Casteneda; producer: Luis Tellez

Advertisement – Cultural Category – $25,000$
“Anti Slavery,” director: Eric Lynne; producer: Partizan Films – Midi Minuit

Advertisement – Consumer Category – $25,000
“Battle,” director: Traktor; producer: Partizan Films – Midi Minuit

Advertisement – Artistic Contribution – $25,000
“Great Pretender,” director: Patrick Bergh; producer: Partizan Films – Midi Minuit

Narrative – Student Films – $25,000
“Illusion,” director: Burhan Qurbani; producer: Fabian Gasmia

Emerging Filmmaker – Student Films- $25,000
“Lullaby,” director: Serena Abi Aad; producer: IESAV

Animation – Student Films – $25.000
“Adherent,” director: Julian Nazario Vargas; producer: Rube Baggerud