Gaza Mon Amour leads Critics Awards for Arab films nominations

200 Meters also makes strong showing in shortlist

by Amber Wilkinson

Salim Dau and Hiam Abbas in Gaza Mon Amour
Salim Dau and Hiam Abbas in Gaza Mon Amour
Gaza Mon Amour leads the nominations for this year's Arab Cinema Center's Critics Awards for Arab Films.

Arab and Tarzen Nasser's quirky drama received five nominations, followed by Ameen Nayfeh's family drama 200 Meters with four. The films were shortlisted by an international jury panel of 160 film critics from 63 countries. The winners will be revealed during this year's edition of the Cannes Film Festival, which is scheduled to run form July 6 to 17.

Deborah Young, manager of the Critics Awards for Arab Films, commented: “Although last year was hard on everyone, the Arab cinema provided a recognisably high-quality level of fiction and documentary films; making it hard to pick the nominees for this year’s Critics Awards for Arab Films. I was also heartened to see a growing number of women directors among the nominees, a trend I hope will continue. My congratulations to everyone who made it this year, and thanks to all the critics on the jury panel for their efforts.”

The full list of nominations is below:

Best Feature Film

Best Documentary

Best Screenplay

Best Director

Best Actress

Best Actor

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