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Rags and Tatters Wins the Golden Antigone Prize at Cinemed International Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier

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Ahmed Abdallah's Film Receives the Best Narrative Award

Rags and Tatters Wins the Golden Antigone Prize at Cinemed International Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier


Ahmed Abdallah's Rags and Tatters won the Golden Antigone prize for the Best Narrative Feature at the 35th Cinemed International Mediterranean Festival of Montpellier in France. The festival has closed today, November 2nd, 2013.

The prize is of €15,000 awarded by the district of Montpellier and a promotional campaign awarded by CINÉ+ for the release of the film, in addition to €2,500 in technical services awarded by Titra Film to the distributor.

Simultaneously, the film took part at the Narrative Features Competition within the 7th Abu Dhabi Film Festival which has recently closed.

Rags and Tatters has recently participated in the BFI London Film Festival, making it the only Arab film competing in the official competition of the prestigious film event this year. The film had its world premiere in Toronto International Film Festival, one of the world's most prestigious film events.

Written and directed by Ahmed Abdallah, the film unfolds a new experience in Egyptian cinema as the story builds up with minimal dialogue between the characters based on visual narration within a balanced equation of documentation and narration. The film tells the story of a prison inmate who escapes from jail following the incidents that took place on January 28th, 2011, when police forces were withdrawn from the streets and chaos prevailed. The film stars Asser Yassin who plays the leading role of the fugitive inmate who moves in a number of poor alienated Egyptian districts.

Rags and Tatters is produced by Mohamed Hefzy's Film Clinic in co-production with Mashrou', Ahmed Abdallah's new production house formed with Asser Yassin, and Producer and Writer Amr Shama, Scriptwriter of After the Battle film. Shot on location in Mansheyet Nasser and Old Cairo, Rags and Tatters also stars Amr Abed, Mohamed Mamdouh, Seif Al Aswani, Yara Gobran and Latifa Fahmi.

Ahmed Abdallah started his career as a Film Editor in several films, the most distinctive of which is Ain Shams. In 2010, he presented his directorial debut Heliopolis, which tells the story of a group of people living in Heliopolis. Abdallah also directed Microphone, which is about independent music productions and underground art scene in the city of Alexandria, Egypt. Starring Khaled Abul Naga, Hani Adel, and Youssra Al Louzi, the film premiered in Egypt in January 26th, 2011, coinciding with the second day of the revolution at that time. Both of the two films were screened in previous installments of the Toronto International Film Festival.