Ibrahim, by Samir Guesmi, wins the Grand Jury Prize at the Premiers plans festival in Angers

This debut film was not in the program of the festival, which ran online from January 25 to 31.

The verdict is in. Ibrahim, by Samir Guesmi, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Premiers plans d’Angers festival, in the feature films category. He was not included in the online lineup that ran from January 25 to 31. Because the festival took place despite the health crisis. Without theatrical screenings or meetings, the films were visible online for free in the virtual cinema room, The Twenty-Fifth Hour. Except Ibrahim, and it is an originality, winner of the queen category of the event created in 1989. The distributor and the producer feared piracy. Neither the public nor the journalists have seen the film yet.

Samir Guesmi invoked his many “memories of readings [et] exchanges with the public“. The Parisian actor has “often attended the festival», He declared after the announcement of the winners of the 33rd edition. He was competing there for the first time this year. Ibrahim unfolds life between the escapades of a young man of the same name and his feeling of guilt towards his father Ahmed, attached to his dignity.

Still in the feature films category, the jury chaired by filmmaker Pierre Salvadori awarded the documentary Small Saturday, by Paloma Sermon-Daï, in the Diagonals category. The young Belgian director, 27, films the fusional relationship of Damien Samedi, 43, who fell into drugs, with his mother.

Springboard for beginner directors, First plans has a European vocation, which it defends through short films. This year the Grand Prix of the jury for European short films went to Zita Bowes, a Briton. Staying follows Ruth into the countryside, a recently divorced gallery manager, who has gone to buy a sheepdog for a couple of farmers. In its French category, the Grand Jury Prize for the short film rewards the animated film Trona Pinnacles, from Mathilde Parquet, 30 years old. Stuck near the valley of death, Gabrielle, 19, and her two parents who no longer speak to each other, suffocate in this family and climatic camera. All the official selection of Premiers plans can be found on the festival site.

Always concerned with “focus on young people who are the talents of tomorrow», Claude-Éric Poiroux, the director and founder of Premiers plans, adds a partnership with La Cinetek to his usual program. The Belgian pay platform is showing 12 films, including retrospectives by Chantal Akerman and Federico Fellini, until February 24.


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