Director Amir Ramses and actress Elham Shaheen received the Arab Media Award 2020 for the movie Curfew.
The Arab Media Award is based on votes by 100 journalists and critics from Egypt and the Arab world who voted for the best of 2020.
While the ceremony of the second edition of the Arab Media Award was cancelled due to Covid-19, organisers insisted to still hand out awards for the winners.
Produced by Red Star Productions, Curfew witnesses the first collaboration between director Amir Ramses and renowned Egyptian actress Elham Shahine, whose latest film A Day for Women competed at several regional and international film festivals and won over 23 awards.
This is also the first time Ramses works with Palestinian star Kamel El Basha, winner of La Biennale’s Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the 74th Venice International Film Festival for his role in The Insult.
Set in Fall 2013, Curfew follows the story of Faten, who was released from prison after serving two decades due to committing a horrible crime.
The curfew declared during that time forces Faten to spend one night with her daughter, Laila, who faces her mother with a second trial in search of answers. The night passes with both women trying to accept one another.
The movie was screened during Cairo International Film Festival, where Shaheen shared the award with Natalya Pavlenkova for another movie.
The film stars Elham Shahin, Kamel El Basha, Amina Khalil, Ahmed Magdy, and Mahmoud Elleithy. While the crew is led by; DOP Omar Abu Doma, art director Assem Ali, costume designer Nahid Nasrallah, editor Heba Osman and music composer Tamer Karwan.
Curfew is a joint production between Red Star Films, S Productions, Team One Productions, The Cell Post-production, and Amir Ramses.
About Amir Ramses; writer and director of the movie Curfew
Amir Ramses is an Egyptian director, who graduated from the Higher Institute of Cinema in 2000. He initially worked as an assistant director in several films with Egyptian international director Youssef Chahine.
His films toured many acclaimed film festivals; earning him several Arab awards. His documentary, Jews of Egypt, participated in Palm Springs Film Festivals, Montreal International Film Festival, Hamburg Film Festival.
His feature film Cairo Time was the opening film for the Arabian Nights Program, at the 2014 Dubai International Film Festival. Ramses has been appointed as the El Gouna Film Festival’s artistic director since its first edition.