Naji Abu Nowar: Arab Filmmaker of the Year
Jordanian filmmaker Naji Abu Nowar was awarded the Variety Arab Filmmaker of the Year Award today for his debut feature fiction THEEB. The film that opened in Venice Film Festival and won Orizzonti’s award for best director is competing in ADFF’s New Horizons Competition.
Previous notable awardees of the prize have been Raed Amin Matalqa for CAPTAIN ABU RAED in 2008, Elia Suleiman for THE TIME THAT REMAINS in 2009, Mohamed Jabarah Al-Daradji for THE SON OF BABYLON in 2010. Asghar Farhadi received the award for A SEPARATION in 2011, Yousry Nasrallah for AFTER THE BATTLE in 2012 and Merzak Allouache for ROOFTOPS in 2013.