Aleksei Fedorchenko’s festival staple “Silent Souls” continued its strong run by picking up Best Narrative Film at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival’s 2010 Black Pearl Awards in October. The Russian drama was awarded with a $100,000 prize on behalf of the festival, as was “Here Comes the Rain,” from director Bahij Hojeij, which netted the Best Narrative Film from the Arab World award. Patricio Guzman’s acclaimed documentary “Nostalgia for the Light” meanwhile went on to share the same monetary prize with Kim Longinotto’s “Pink Saris” for the Best Documentary award.
For the Best Documentary by an Arab Director or Related to Arab Culture gong, George Sluizer’s “Homeland” shared the title with Maher Abi Samra’s “We Were Communists.”
Over at the festival’s inaugural New Horizons Competition, which focuses on the work of first and second time directors, Vahid Vakillfar’s “Gesher” won Best Narrative; Eduardo de la Serna, Lucas Marcheggiano and Adriana Yurcovich’s “El Ambulante” shared Best Documentary with Richard Press’s “Bill Cunningham New York”; and “Ok, Enough, Goodbye,” from directors Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia, netted Best Arab Narrative Film.
The Audience Choice Award, chosen by this year’s attendees, meanwhile went to Andy De Emmony’s British comedy “West is West.”