Sur La Planche was the big winner at Sicily’s Taormina Film Fest, taking the Golden Tauro for Best Film.
The film also won Best Director for Leila Kilani, Best Performance for the ensemble of Soufia Issami, Mouna Bahmad, Nouzha Akel and Sara Betioui.
The jury said it was “swept away by the emotional impact of Leila Kilani’s Sur la Planche for the freshness of itsdirection and the moving interpretation of its lead performers, Soufia Issami, Mouna Bahmad, Nouzha Akel, and Sara Betioui.”
The story is about two young Casablancan women delving into a life of petty crime in Tangier’s old town. The film also played in Cannes Directors Fortnight; Fortissimo handles sales.
The Special Jury Prize went to Joann Sfar’s French animation The Rabbi’s Cat.
The Beyond The Mediterranean Audience Award went to Paula van der Oest’s Black Butterfly, with a special mention to Ahmad Reza Motamedi’s Alzheimer.
The winner of the N.I.C.E competitio for Sicilian Shorts was Ivano Fachin’s Vodka Tonic.
Taormina ran June 13-20.