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UPDATED: 15:29, December 10, 2005
Finland's "Mother of Mine" steals show at Cairo film festival
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Finland's Mother of Mine stole the show on Friday evening as it snatched the most valued best film prize at end of the 29th Cairo International Film Festival.

The film, directed by Klaus Haro, was awarded the "Golden Pyramid" as the best film at the event's closing ceremony held at Cairo's grand Opera House.

Haro himself walked away with the best director prize and Maria Lundqvist won the best actress award for her role in the film.

Albania's Magic Eye, which won the second most valued "Silver Pyramid" for the special jury prize, turned out to be another bigger winner, snatching four of the ten prizes awarded by the organizers.

Besides the special jury prize, it was also awarded the best actor, the best script and the international critics prizes.

The best first work of a director, named after the Egyptian Nobel literature laureate Naguib Mahfouz, went to German director Samir Nasr for his Seeds of Doubts.

Yemeni director Bader Ben Hirsi won the prize for best Arabic film with his A New Day in Old Sana'a.

The Egyptian Ministry of Culture presented a prize of 100,000 Egyptian pounds (about 17,400 US dollars) to Hirsi for his role in promoting Arabic films.

The jury awarded prizes for the best artistic contribution to four films, including Seeds of Doubts.

This year's festival was held from Nov. 29 to Dec. 9 during which 148 films from some 48 countries had been screened, according to organizers.

Among them, 15 films from 15 countries entered the official competition for the Golden Pyramid.

China was the event's Guest of Honor this year and Chinese director He Ping was the chairman of the 9-member international jury.

Source: Xinhua

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