'The Last Friday' Takes San Sebastian's Prize at Cinema in Motion

3:17 AM PST 09/20/2011 by Pamela Rolfe

The film will receive 20 million euros for post-production costs.

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain – Yahya Alabdallah’s The Last Friday  was the big winner at San Sebastian’s Cinema in Motion Awards ceremony, walking away with more than 20,000 euros ($27,000) worth of post-production costs to see her Jordanian film to completion as a 35 mm print with subtitles in English or French.

Produced by Rula Nasser and ME Films, Friday focuses on a 40-year-old divorced father who learns he must have an unexpected operation within the next four days, forcing him to open old chapters in his life.

Judges also awarded Lebanese Eliane Raheb’s Confessions and Struggles 5,000 euros towards post-production costs from the Dubai International Film Festival.

Cinema in Motion showcases promising projects from the northwestern African Maghreb region an unfinished state, allowing buyers to get a sneak peak at upcoming titles and affords the best projects post-production expenses. Sponsors of the awards include Centre National du Cinema et de l’Image Animee, Mac ‘Tari, Titra TVS and Fribourg International Film Festival.

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