British success in Cannes with The Curse

Film4 and BFI-backed short film The Curse, directed by Fyzal Boulifa and produced by Gavin Humphries (Quark Films) and Karim Debbagh, has won the Illy Best Short Film Prize at Cannes Film Festival.

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A stark fairytale set in the desolate Moroccan countryside, The Curse follows Fatine, a woman who must go to increasingly absurd lengths when her secret is discovered by a group of local kids who threaten to tell the whole village. Boulifa and producer Humphries, who received support from the British Council to attend the festival, picked up the Premier Prix Illy for Short Filmmaking at the Directors’ Fortnight closing ceremony.

Speaking from the festival, Fyzal Boulifa said:

“It’s been an incredible experience taking part in Directors’ Fortnight and almost unbelievable to win here. I’m very, very grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to make and to support the film.”

Amanda Nevill, Chief Executive of the BFI, said:

“We are absolutely thrilled for Fyzal and all the team behind this assured and compelling piece of filmmaking.”

The Curse premiered in Cannes on Thursday 24 May.

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