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TIFF 2014 : Two French Films Awarded

September 17, 2014 | By francecanadaculture Film

Even though TIFF is non-competitive, the festival presents ten awards, amongst them this year two French films were rewarded.

French rapper Abd Al Malik's first film May Allah bless France! received the International critics' prize Discovery. A FIPRESCI Jury, comprised of members of the International Federation of Film Critics, awards this prize to a film in the Discovery programme.

“To the pantheon of breakout urban debuts that includes She's Gotta Have It, Boyz n the Hood, and La Haine, we can now add May Allah Bless France!. Adapted from his 2004 autobiography of the same title, the first feature from prodigiously talented French rapper, author, and spoken word artist Abd Al Malik is unflaggingly intelligent and abundantly stylish.” (Cameron Bailey)

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A single body by Soutiris Dounoukos (France - Australia co-production) received the award for Best International Short Films. This award is selected by a jury of industry professionals and is presented to a short film in the Short Cuts International programme.

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