The Reports On Sarah And Saleem
The awards were voted on by 75 critics from 34 countries and the winners will be announced at a fringe event at Cannes.
Film analyst Alaa Karkouti, managing partner of the Arab Cinema Center (ACC) and CEO of MAD Solutions, said: "Every year, the number of the film critics, who are jury members of the Annual Critics Awards, from inside and outside the Arab world increases. They come together to view the best Arab feature and documentary film productions, which makes us achieve our goal of promoting Arab film content to critics from different nationalities and backgrounds, especially that the majority of them don't get the chance to watch all the Arab films that get selected at international film festivals."
Film critic Ahmed Shawky, manager of the Critics Awards, said: "All six categories have seen strong competition during the first phase of voting in this edition, and we faced great difficulty selecting the three finalists in each category. This doesn't only reveal the high level of competition that is expected to take place during the final phase of voting, but it also indicates the increasing growth in the Arab filmmaking industry during last year, which resulted in this number of exceptional films. It was a hot year full of several Arab films that got selected, competed and won numerous international awards at many film festivals in 2018."
The video of the Arab Cinema Center announcement is below:
The Final List of Nominees are:
Yomeddine, Director: Abu Bakr Shawky, Egypt
Capernaum, Director: Nadine Labaki, Lebanon
The Reports on Sarah and Saleem, Director: Muayad Alayan, Palestine
Of Fathers And Sons, Directed by Talal Derki, Syria
Erased, ___ Ascent of the Invisible, Directed by Ghassan Halwani, Lebanon
Chaos, Directed by Sara Fatahy, Lebanon, Syria
Abu Bakr Shawky, Yomeddine, Egypt
Nadine Labaki, Capernaum, Lebanon
Hicham Lasri, Jahilya, Morocco
Meryem Benm'Barek, Sofia, Morocco
Yomeddine, Abu Bakr Shawky, Egypt
Rami Alayan, The Reports On Sarah And Saleem, Palestine
Maha Alemi, Sofia, Morocco
Maryhan Magdy, Poisonous Roses, Egypt
Sarah Layssac, Divine Wind, Algeria
Mohamed Dhrif, Dear Son (Weldi), Tunisia
Ahmed Hafiane, Fatwa, Tunisia
Zain Al Rafeea, Capernaum, Lebanon