Egyptian Director Tamer El Said's 'In the Last Days of the City' Wins Top Prize in Poland

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The intimate study of Cairo was awarded at Wroclaw's New Horizons Festival.

Egyptian director Tamer El Said's In the Last Days of the City won the €20,000 ($22,000) top prize on Saturday at the close of the 16th edition of Poland's leading film event, the New Horizons International Film Festival Festival in Wroclaw.

The film, a co-production between Egypt, Germany, the U.K. and United Arab Emirates, is a fictional exploration of the spirit of Cairo just as Egypt transforms amid the Arab Spring revolution. It premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival's Forum section in February.

The Fipresci film critics award went to Colombian director Felipe Guerrero for Dark Beast, a film about three women forced to flee their homes in a war-torn region, while the audience award went to Poland/U.K. co-production All These Sleepless Nights by Michal Marczak.

The fest's second competition, the Films on Art International Competition, gave its €10,000 ($11,000) prize to Palestinian director Jumana Manna for the documentary A Magical Substance Flows Into Me about Arab Jewish folk music.

There also were awards for best Polish short, which went to Emi Buchwald for Education, and best European short, shared by With All Our Cameras from Miguel Lopez Beraza and Kwassa, Kwassa from Tuan Andrew Nguyen and the Danish collective Superflex.