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This Egyptian short film wins the Palme d’Or at Cannes

The short film "I am afraid to forget your face" has just won the highly prized Palme d'Or in the short film category at the Cannes Film Festival 2020. A consecration for this little masterpiece by a team of filmmakers in the making.

The film by Egyptian director Sameh Alaa “I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face” won the highly prized Palme d’Or in the short film competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film stars Seif Eldin Hemida and Nourhan Ali Abdelazez, and tells the 15-minute story of a man who, after two months of separation, embarks on a complicated journey in the hope of finding someone new. It is the only Arab film selected in competition for this prestigious award. And it was he who won! Congratulations to the whole team who worked on it.



Quality competition

Congratulations are in order because the 11 short films nominated were selected from a total of 3,810 films from 137 countries, the festival said on its website. In other words, the competition must have been fierce…

For the curious and movie lovers, the film was confronted with “Blue Fear” by Marie Jacotey and Lola Halifa-Legrand, “Motorway65” by Evi Kalogiropoulou, “Sudden Light” by Sophie Littman, “Son of Sodom” by Theo Montaya, “Camille Contactless” by Paul Nouhet and “Benjamin, Benny, Ben” by Paul Shkordoff, among others.

Let’s not minimize the importance of this victory, and its so particular taste: “I Am Afraid to Forget Your Face” is the first Egyptian film to be nominated and win the Palme d’Or at Cannes.