Palestinian student film ‘Ambiance’ honored at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival

Jury and Award Winners of the Cinéfondation 2019. (Supplied)
Updated 24 May 2019

Palestinian student film ‘Ambiance’ honored at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival

  • The film is directed by Wisam al-Jafari of Palestine’s Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture
  • It follows the story of two young Palestinians trying to record a music demo inside a noisy refugee camp

DUBAI: Palestinian film “Ambiance” headed into a podium finish at the 22nd Cinéfondation Selection, the Cannes Film Festival’s top film school shorts awards, beating out more than 2,000 submissions.

The film, which is directed by Wisam al-Jafari of Palestine’s Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, landed third place with Polish entry “Duszyczka” by Barbara Rupik.

Praised for its “humor, coolness, and extraordinary use of cinema and sound,” the short film follows the story of two young Palestinians trying to record a music demo inside a noisy refugee camp.

The top prize was handed to “Mano a Mano” by Louise Courvoisier from France, followed by “Hieu” by Richard Van from the US.

The award was presented on Thursday by a jury headed by French director Claire Denis. Cash grants of up to $16,760 were given to the winners.

Aimed at supporting new and emerging talent in filmmaking, the Cinéfondation Selection chooses fifteen to twenty short and medium-length films each year from film schools all around the world.


Part-Jordanian footwear designer Amina Muaddi’s stepfather dies   

The celebrated designer has a well-established brand, Amina Muaddi, famous for its signature flared heels. (Getty)
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Part-Jordanian footwear designer Amina Muaddi’s stepfather dies   

DUBAI: Jordanian-Romanian footwear designer Amina Muaddi said Wednesday on Instagram that her stepfather has died. 

In a heart-felt message, captioning a cheerful picture of her childhood with him, she wrote: “You made the most noble choice: to be the father of a child that is not yours. I prayed to God that he’d take my tears and use them as fuel to give you more life.” 

“I will miss you forever daddy. My heart is shattered,” Muaddi, who celebrated her 34th birthday this week, added. 

The shoemaker, adored by celebrities, was born to a Jordanian father and a Romanian mother, said in an interview with Vogue Arabia magazine that her family moved to Amman a few weeks after she was born. 

Her parents split when she was six and she returned to Romania with her mother. 

“I wasn’t aware of what my mom did to help me as a child and it took me years to understand. The opportunities I have today are mostly because she took me out of Jordan. Not because it’s not a good place to live, but because my dad is very conservative and probably would not have liked for me to have a career,” she explained. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@kyliejenner poses in her Begum slingback in bright pink silk satin. #AminaMuaddi #AminasLadies #KylieJenner

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Fast-forward to 2020, the celebrated designer has a well-established brand, famous for its signature flared heels, that has garnered a loyal checklist of famous fans, including Dua Lipa, Gigi Hadid, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin Bieber.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@badgalriri posing in her BEGUM glass slingback pumps. #AminasLadies #rihanna #AminaMuaddiSS19 #AminaMuaddi

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