Cairo Film Fest wraps up with star-studded awards ceremony

Updated 30 November 2019

Cairo Film Fest wraps up with star-studded awards ceremony

  • Fernando Frias’s “I’m No Longer Here,” took home the top prize
  • he Silver Pyramid went to Belgian Bas Devos's “Ghost Tropic”

DUBAI: “Games of Thrones” actress Nathalie Emmanuel hit the stage at the closing ceremony of the Cairo Film Festival, as moving Mexican drama “I’m No Longer Here” nabbed the coveted Golden Pyramid award.

Fernando Frias’s “I’m No Longer Here,” took home the top prize for its portrayal of a teenage Mexican immigrant struggling to adjust to life in the US.




Members of the jury of the 41st edition of the Cairo International Film Festival pose for a group photo with award winners . (AFP)

The Silver Pyramid went to Belgian Bas Devos's “Ghost Tropic,” a film that follows one woman on her journey through Brussels after she misses her stop on the train.

Zhang Chong and Zhang Bo’s sci-fi feature “The Fourth Wall” and Czech director Michal Hogenauer’s thrilling “A Certain Kind of Silence” jointly won the Bronze Pyramid.




Chinese directors Zhang Chong (L) and Zhang Bo (R) receive the Bronze Pyramid for "The Fourth Wall." (AFP)

On to the Arab contenders and Tunisian director Mehdi M Barsaoui took home the Special Jury Award for his feature, “A Son,” which tells the harrowing story of a young boy who is injured in crossfire.

Iraqi director Mohanad Hayal’s “Haifa Street” secured the gong for Best Arab Director, while Palestinian director Najwa Najjar scored the Best Screenplay Award for “Between Heaven and Earth,” a poignant film about divorce.




Iraqi director Mohanad Hayal receives an award during the closing ceremony of the 41st Cairo International Film Festival . (AFP)

Lebanese director Elie Kamal's debut documentary “Beirut Terminus,” won the Best Nonfiction Film for its look at the country’s defunct railway system.

For her part, Emmanuel took to the stage to present one of the awards and even posted about her experience in Egypt on Instagram.

“What an absolute pleasure it was to be a guest at the 41st Cairo International Film Festival. Even more of an honor to present an award. Thank you for your warm welcome and sorry for speaking Arabic poorly... but I really do love Egypt!” she captioned a post on the social media site.



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@cairofilms What an absolute pleasure it was to be a guest at the 41st Cairo International Film Festival. Even more of an honour to present an award. Thank you for your warm welcome and sorry for speaking Arabic poorly ... but I really do love Egypt! These lewks were served up by @chercoulter as per: Look one: @maisonvalentino and @jimmychoo @monicavinader jewels Look 2: @christopherkane with @jimmychoo and @theofficialpandora jewels. Thank you to you all for generously loaning me these beautiful clothes/accessories. Make up by: @ali_makeup_artist Hair by Temmy Tayo of African Hair Styles in Cairo Egypt.. it’s been real... over and out... #CIFF #closingceremony2019 #iEgypt #theloveisreal

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Emmanuel was joined by a bevy of regional stars at the closing ceremony, including Egyptian actress Amina Khalil, Egyptian actress Arwa Gouda, Lebanese actress Mariam Hassan and Egyptian actor Ahmed Fahmy, among other famous faces.

Fashion played a big role in the glittering evening, with Emmanuel donning two equally stunning outfits — a salmon pink, embroidery-covered number with exaggerated puffed sleeves by Maison Valentino and a flapper-style cocktail dress with silver chain-like embellishments by Christopher Kane.

Khalil sparkled in a dazzling black wrap dress, while Hassan also took the glittering route in a diamante-covered pink two-piece gown.


Miss Tunisia Sabrine Mansour dances into the top 40 at Miss World 2019

Sabrine Mansour was crowned Miss World Tunisia 2019 in February. Instagram
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Miss Tunisia Sabrine Mansour dances into the top 40 at Miss World 2019

  • The 69th edition of the Miss World pageant unfolded on Dec. 14 at the ExCeLConvention Centre in London
  • The only beauty queen to represent the Arab world at the world’s oldest-running international beauty pageant was Sabrine Mansour

DUBAI: The 69th edition of the Miss World pageant unfolded on Dec. 14 at the ExCeLConvention Centre in London, with Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh beating out 110 hopeful contestants to take home the coveted crown during the televised event.

Miss France Ophely Mezino was first runner-up while Miss India Suman Rao was second runner-up. The 23-year-old Singh was crowned by last year’s winner, Vanessa Ponce de Leon of Mexico.

Elis Miele Coehlo of Brazil and Nigeria’s Nyekachi Douglas rounded out the top 5.

The only beauty queen to represent the Arab world at the world’s oldest-running international beauty pageant was Sabrine Mansour, a 24-year-old dental student who hails from the Tunisian coastal city of Mahdia. 

Mansour, who was crowned Miss World Tunisia during a grand coronation ceremony held at Tunis’s municipal theatre in February, was part of the top 40 quarter-finalists, securing her spot after placing in the top 10 of the Beauty With a Purpose portion of the competition. 

Formerly known as Miss World Scholarship, Beauty with a Purpose is an event that awards the contestant with the most impactful charity project in her respective nation. 

For her part, the aspiring dentist has set up a number of health camps in rural areas of Tunisia for those who cannot afford to get oral check ups. Additionally, she works towards raising awareness on several illnesses including diabetes and breast cancer. 

The Miss World hopefuls, who hail from 111 countries, spent a month in London competing in events like Sport, Talent and Beauty with a Purpose to secure their spot in the televised finale.

For the talent portion of the competition, the trained flamenco and salsa dancer performed an energetic dance while wearing traditional Tunisian garb complete with the distinct red, felt “chechia.” 

Since the pageant’s inception in 1951, there has only ever been one beauty queen of Arabic descent to take home the prestigious crown. In 1954, Antigone Costanda was the first Miss Egypt candidate to win the title of Miss World. 

Meanwhile, Singh’s victory marks Jamaica’s fourth time claiming the title, and the first since 1993. 

Notably, for the first time ever, four of the major beauty pageants — Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss USA and Miss America — were won by black women.