Directed by Vardis Marinakis, starring Auguste Lambro Negripontis, actor Dimitris Xanthopoulos and actress Penelope Tsilika, the film tells the story of a nine-year-old boy who is abandoned by his mother during a folk arts festival and takes refuge in the woods and lives in a hut with a lonely dumb man.
Serbian Snezhana Bogdanovic won the best actress award for her role in the movie (Stitches), while Ivan Barnev of Bulgaria won the best actor award for his role in the movie (Father).
The jury of the Feature Film Competition awarded its special prize to the Lebanese film (1982) directed by Walid Mounes, while the first work award went to the Turkish film (The Hill) directed by Ali Ozil.
In the documentary competition, the film (Queen Lear) by Turkish director Pelin Asmar won the award for best film, while the jury awarded its special prize to the Moroccan film (Before Darkness Crawls) directed by Ali Al Safi.
The prize of the Critics Committee at the festival, which bears the name of the late Moroccan critic Mustafa El-Masnaoui, went to the feature film (Grass), a Serbian-Slovenian-Croatian co-production directed by Serbian Miroslav Terzic.
In his closing speech, the head of the Tetouan Festival Foundation for Mediterranean Cinema, Ahmed El-Hassani, said: “Today we bid farewell to the 26th session of the festival, which was organized by default. For the first time, the Tetouan Festival operates in this digital format. ».
He added: “For us, as lovers and film lovers, an in attendance festival is the ideal, the best choice, but the conditions of Covid-19 imposed on us this choice. Of course, it is a temporary, exceptional choice, and we hope that life will return to normal and we will meet in March 2022 in a distinguished and safe attendance session and in normal health conditions.”