You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Trio of pics top Doha Tribeca

Third edition of fest wraps with Besson's 'Lady'

LONDON — Merzak Allouache’s “Normal,” Namir’s Abdel Messeeh’s “The Virgin, the Copts and Me” and Nadine Labaki’s “Where Do We Go Now?” were among prize winners at the third Doha Tribeca Film Festival, which wrapped Saturday night.

“Normal,” a pic about a disillusioned Algerian youth in the wake of the Arab Spring, nabbed the Arab film competition’s best narrative award, while Messeeh’s look at a French-Egyptian filmmaker travelling to Egypt to search for apparitions of the Virgin Mary took best documentary in the Arab competish. Both awards came with a $100,000 cash prize.

Labaki, whose second feature, “Where Do We Go Now?” has been selected as Lebanon’s foreign language Oscar entry, walked away with the audience award for best narrative film at the five-day fest.

Story follows a group of Lebanese women who try to diffuse the tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village.

Morgan Spurlock’s “Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope” won the audience award for best docu. Both pics won $100,000.

Rania Stephan, helmer of “The Three Disappearances of Suad Honsi,” and Roschdy Zem, helmer of “Omar Killed Me,” Egypt’s Oscar hopeful, took prizes for best docu director and best narrative director respectively with both winning $50,000.

“Omar Killed Me” thesp Sami Bouajila won for best performance and took a $15,000 cash prize.

Doha Film Institute exec director Amanda Palmer said, “There are so many prestigious filmmakers here and the reason we have the festival is to discover new talent. We hope these talented people meet each other here and are able to make films together as a result.”

Mohammed Malas, jury prexy of the Arab narrative film competish, said that DTFF was “one of the best festivals to raise the profile of youth cinema, which will create our future.”

Following the closing night pic, Luc Besson’s “The Lady,” Brit popstar Leona Lewis performed to the crowd.

A host of luminaries and filmmakers were in attendance on closing night, including Robert De Niro, founder of Tribeca Enterprises and DFI’s cultural partner, “The Lady” producer Virginie Besson-Silla, jury prexy Mohammad Malas, actresses and jury members Robin Wright and Carmen Lebbos, docu jury prexy Nick Broomfield plus filmmakers Eric Khoo, Jasmila Zbanic, and Hakim Belabbes.

More Film

  • Box Office Film Placeholder

    China Box Office: Taiwan's 'More Than Blue' Wins Second Weekend

    Taiwanese melodrama, “More Than Blue” held strong at the Chinese box office, to secure a second week of success. The film is a Chinese-language remake of a Korean film from 2009, involving Singapore’s MM2 and the filmmaking arm of Fox Networks. With little in the way of strong, new competition, “blue” scored $27 million, according [...]

  • Noah CentineoNickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, Show,

    Kids’ Choice Awards 2019: JoJo Siwa, Noah Centineo Take on Bullying

    This year’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards was full of positivity and encouragement to be yourself. DJ Khaled, known for his upbeat mantras, hosted the 32nd annual awards ceremony alongside JoJo Siwa at USC’s Galen center. Siwa accepted the award for favorite social music star. Siwa said in her acceptance speech, “I get hated on every [...]

  • Us Scriptwriter and Film-maker Larry Cohen

    Larry Cohen, Cult Horror Writer-Director of 'It's Alive,' Dies at 77

    Larry Cohen, best known for his work as a B-movie producer and director in the ’70s and his later work in screenwriting, has died. He was 77. Cohen’s friend, actor and publicist Shade Rupe, confirmed the news, which was announced in a post to Cohen’s official Facebook page. Rupe said Cohen died in Los Angeles [...]

  • Captain Marvel

    Box Office: 'Captain Marvel' Shatters $900 Million Milestone

    Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel” continues to do heroic business. In its latest box office milestone, the female-fronted superhero tentpole zoomed past $900 million in ticket sales worldwide. “Captain Marvel” brought in a mighty $87 million globally this weekend, including $52 million from international territories. It has now generated $589 million overseas for a global haul [...]

  • Us - Lupita Nyong’o - cr:

    Box Office: Jordan Peele's 'Us' Stuns With $70 Million Opening Weekend

    Talk about scary good. Universal’s “Us,” the second directorial effort from Jordan Peele, pulled off a stunning debut, generating $70 million from 3,741 North American locations. That haul is enough to land it the second-best opening weekend of the year behind Disney’s “Captain Marvel” ($153 million). The psychological thriller about a family confronted by a [...]


    Film Review: 'Shazam!'

    In “Shazam!,” Zachary Levi brings off something so winning it’s irresistible. He plays a square-jawed, rippling-muscled man of might, with a cheesy Day-Glo lighting bolt affixed to his chest, who projects an insanely wholesome and old-fashioned idea of what a superhero can be. But he’s also playing a breathless teenage kid on the inside, and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content