On October 7, the Topkapi Award for Best Fiction Film was awarded as a part of the annual Nederlandse Filmacademie Festival Keep an Eye.
This year’s prize, a festival trip of choice for the crew, was won by It Will Rain.
The jury consisted of Hetty de Kruijff (screenwriter and director), Fadua El Akchaoui (screenwriter, director and actress), Chris Peters (actor), Vanessa Henneman (agent), Frans van Gestel (producer).
FROM THE JURY REPORT
“A film that tells a poignant story with great passion and bravado, without being pushy. The makers know how to present this story compellingly, while poetry is certainly not shunned. The level of ambition is insanely high and it may be called a small miracle that this film has been brought to a good end with the limited resources available.’’
When the brothers Nawras and Ward are wrongfully imprisoned in a hellish Syrian prison after protests, the end of their lives seems near. Miraculously, Nawras is released from prison. This leaves him with a debilitating dilemma: should he stay to fight against injustice in Syria or should he flee his homeland?
Regie Amir Zaza
Scenario Zeynep Dülger, Amir Zaza
Productie Aziza van den Berg, Ingmar Conjarts, Loes Lucker
Cinematografie Tonko Bossen
Gaffer Boyd Bakema, Yannick Giraud
Production Design Muhammed Zekeriya Berber
Art Direction Maikel Samsom
Montage Marre Bonke
VFX Supervisie Praba Anandasundaram, Stevenson Lacroes, Gilles Vink
Supervising Sound Editor Jesse Enzler
Geluidsontwerp Tauro ter Horst
Mixage Felicia Koolhoven
Geluidsopname Nancy Konijn
Componist Mojan Alaiyeh