'The Attack', 'Hijacking' Win Top Honors at Marrakech Film Festival

Ziad Doueiri's suicide bombing drama wins best film while Danish hijacking feature takes the Jury and Best Actor prizes.

DUBAI -- The Attack, a drama centered on the aftermath of a suicide bombing and its impact on an Arab surgeon living in Israel, won top honors -- the Golden Star for best film -- at the 12th annual Marrakech International Film Festival.

The competition jury, headed by president John  Boorman and including such industry VIPs as Gemma Arterton and James Gray, picked the politically-charged drama from director Ziad Doueiri, which was based on the novel by Yasmina Khadra.

A Hijacking, Tobias Lindholm's dramatic thriller about the capturing of a Danish merchant ship by Somali pirates, was also a big winner. The feature shared the Marrakech Jury Prize with Vahid Vakilifar's Iranian drama Taboor and won the Best Actor honor for Hijacking star Soren Malling. Best Actress went to Elina Reinold for her role in Mushrooming from Estonian director Toomas Hussar.

The festival wrapped up Saturday, Dec. 8.