MUMBAI: This year's Tunis International Film Festival, that was held between 27
to 30 May, handed over the best film award of $5000 to German director Andrea
Schorr for his film Im Anhang Lebenslauf took the top prize while Hallee
Hirsh was named best actress for her role in the US director Becky Smith's film
16 to Life.
The festival, now in its fourth year had the words 'Women,
I Love You as its slogan and strove to honour women for their role in the film
industry and in all walks of life. The event that was first launched in 2007 has
always upheld the same slogan.
Tunisia, more than 12 countries took part in the festival, including Japan, Mexico
and the United States. All films featured were categorised as writers' films or
films belonging to the independent cinema as opposed to commercial films.
was represented by a film titled Samt al-Kosoor (The Silence of Castles)
directed by Moufida Tletli.
The official competition comprised of six
films including works from the US, Germany, Spain and Hungary as well as a British-Indian
A number of acclaimed figures like Claudia Cardinale, Yamina
Ben Kiki and Tunisian actress Dora Zarrouk have earlier graced the festival.