And the winners are...

The international Film Prize Jury announced the 2019 Film Prize Winners. Two documentaries and one short fiction project receive a prize money of each 60,000 euros for the production. Furthermore, the jury decided to speak out a Special Mention. 

The Lucky Winners

David Ausserhofer, Berlinale Talents 2019

Abo Zabaal 1989

Documentary, Germany/Egypt, 75 min
Egyptian activist and filmmaker Bassam revisits haunting memories of his father Mahmoud’s imprisonment in 1989 and the life-changing impact on his socialist family, consulting also their political fellows. Did two generations sacrifice everything for nothing?

Do You Love Me

Documentary, Germany/Lebanon, 70-80 min
An archive based essay documentary about the bittersweet personal accounts of the generations that grew up during and post the Lebanese Civil War, interwoven with the rise and fall of the musical Bendaly Family.

Homeless Hearts

Short Fiction Film, Germany/Lebanon, 20 min
“If my love for Gilbert is a crime, let history witness that I am a dangerous criminal” signed Tarzan. Beirut, the civil war, a sniper’s nest and a hidden love story.

Special Mention

The German/Tunisian documentary project FOULEDH with director Mehdi Hmili and producers Michel Balagué and Moufida Fedhila received a Special Mention.