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CINÉMAMED 2016 Awards

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Claudio Giovannesi's Fiore wins the Grand Prix at the Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival

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- The jury also opted to single out Tramontane by Lebanese director of Armenian heritage Vatche Boulghourjian

Claudio Giovannesi's Fiore wins the Grand Prix at the Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival
Fiore by Claudio Giovannesi

At its 16th edition, the jury of the Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival, chaired by Belgian director Olivier Masset-Depasse, chose to crown Fiore [+see also:
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trailer
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Q&A: Claudio Giovannesi
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]
, the fourth feature by Italian director Claudio Giovannesi, a powerful yet understated film about the story of impossible love between two inmates in a youth correctional facility. The jury also opted to award Tramontane [+see also:
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by Lebanese director of Armenian heritage Vatche Boulghourjian, which portrays the moving journey of a young blind singer who roams modern-day Lebanon in search of his origins. Having been unveiled in the Cannes Critics’ Week, the film recently scooped the Discovery Award at the Namur Film Festival. We should also point out that the jury chose to hand a Special Mention to the Israeli film One Week and a Day by Asaph Polonsky

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Meanwhile, the youth jury and Cineuropa jury opted for a debut film, Park [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Sofia Exarchou
film profile
]
by Sofia Exarchou, which, ten years on from the Olympic Games, examines the site of the Olympic Park, now an urban wasteland home to layabout youngsters and retired athletes. Park already picked up the Best Debut Film Award at San Sebastián. 

Egyptian director Mohamed Diab (Cairo 678) scooped the Critics’ Award for Clash [+see also:
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, his hard-hitting film about the Egyptian revolution and the aftermath of the deposition of Mohamed Morsi. It follows the arrest of ten activists with different backgrounds and beliefs, who will have to learn to talk to each other if they wish to get themselves out of this mess. The movie opened the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.

Lastly, Tour de France [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rachid Djaïdani
film profile
]
, the second film by Rachid Djaïdani (Hold Back [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Rachid Djaïdani
festival scope
film profile
]
), which depicts the unusual encounter between Gérard Depardieu and rapper Sadek, took home the Audience Award. 

Here is the complete list of winners: 

Grand Prix
Fiore [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: Claudio Giovannesi
film profile
]
- Claudio Giovannesi (Italy)

Jury Prize

Tramontane [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Vatche Boulghourjian (Lebanon/France/Qatar/UAE)

Special Mention of the Jury
One Week and a Day - Asaph Polonsky (Israel)

Youth Jury Award
Park [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Sofia Exarchou
film profile
]
- Sofia Exarchou (Greece/Poland)

Critics’ Award
Clash [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Mohamed Diab (Egypt/France)

Cineuropa Prize
Park - Sofia Exarchou

Audience Award
Tour de France [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rachid Djaïdani
film profile
]
- Rachid Djaïdani (France)

(Translated from French)

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