Abu Bakr Shawky’s road trip drama Yomeddine ("Day of Judgment') was awarded Best Film, while Nadine Labaki won Best Director for her powerful social drama Capernaum at the 2019 Arab Cinema Centre Awards.
The third edition of the awards took place at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday night. Winners were selected by 75 film critics and industry professionals from 34 countries from all over the world.
Capernaum lost out in the Academy Awards to Roma for best foreign film and was the toast of Cannes last year, winning a 15-minute standing ovation and the Jury Prize. Lebanese director Labaki is also chairing the judging panel for the UnCertain Regard Awards at this year’s festival.
Abu Bakr Shawky became the first Egyptian to be invited to the main competition of the Cannes Film Festival last year. Yomeddine was nominated for the Golden Camera award, awarded each year to the best first-time director at the festival.