And the winners are...
The international Film Prize Jury announced the three 2020 Film Prize Winners at the award ceremony held during Berlinale Talents on February 23, 2020. Two projects from Egypt, one documentary and one hybrid animated short film, and one short fiction project from Syria were each awarded with the 60,000 Euros Film Prize and can start production.
The Lucky Winners
Big Boys Don't Cry
Documentary, Germany/Egypt, 80 min
When asked to play himself for the camera, the bodyguard Yehia, thinks he owns the frame and fills it with his everyday raw masculine performance. He doesn’t know that the filmmaker has completely different intentions. This is the story of two men, two performances, two realities, and two masks taken off.
Traitors of the Eyes
Animation, Germany/Egypt, 20 min
After the tragic death of their mother, a pair of identical twins embark on a journey of grief and remembrance, where their sexuality and religion collide, and their memories come together to uncover secrets of their conservative Muslim family.
Short Fiction Film, Germany/Syria, 15 min
Saydnaya prison, Syria. Starved, humiliated and without any hope, Inana is on the brink of breaking down. When her guard returns once more to rape her, she suddenly sees a chance to take revenge…
Impressions from the award ceremony
The Film Prize Jury and the Berlinale Talents and Film Prize teams. From left to right: Marianne Khoury, Frank Albers, Hania Mroué, Vincenzo Bugno, Mohannad Al Bakri, Atje Drexler, Karin Schyle, Doris Hepp, Florian Weghorn, Rabih El-Khoury
Opening speech by Atje Drexler, Senior Vice President, International Understanding and Cooperation
Q&A with producer Ayman El Amir after the screening of Film Prize winner THE TRAP
Rand Beiruty, Nominee with her partner Boris Despodov waiting for the results.
The hosts of the evening Frank W. Albers and Florian Weghorn.
Joint viewing of a clip that introduces the Nominees on screen.
The lucky 2020 Film Prize Winners!
Another successful Film Prize year is over. The Film Prize Team would like to applaud the Film Prize Winners, but also thank the Film Prize Jury, Film Prize Experts and Film Prize Partners for their supportive contribution and long-standing collaboration.