“Yomeddine” director Abu Bakr Shawky won Variety’s MENA Talent of the Year Award, announced during the second edition of El Gouna Film Festival (GFF), according to Variety’s website. President of GFF Intishal al-Tamimi congratulated Shawki on the win, stating it was another successful step for “Yomeddine” and Shawki. However, Shawki believed his movie’s nomination for the Oscar’s category of “Best Foreign Language Film” is just one step in a long road to the award. In September, “Yomeddine” was announced to be Egypt’s entry to the Oscar’s Foreign Language Film category. The final 2019 Academy Award nominees will be announced on January 22 and the winner will be announced on February 24.
Source: Egypt Independent September 24, 2018 13:52 UTC