ERBIL — The Kurdish movie ‘The Exam’, which was directed by Shawkat Amin Korki, has won the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which started on 20th August and continued until Saturday.
‘The Exam’ is directed by Shawkat Amin Korki and it is co-produced by Mitos Film in Berlin and Masti film in Kurdistan Region's Sulaymaniyah, while the German company ArtHood is expected to screen it internationally.
Kurdish actresses Avan Jamal and Vania Salar were among a number of the movie's main actors attending the event. The two actresses appeared in traditional Kurdish clothing during the event.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which presents around 200 films around the world annually, is the largest film festival in the Czech Republic while it is one of the most prestigious in Central and Eastern Europe.
No Kurdish films have previously been screened in the main competition of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, according to Intira, the spouse of Czech Consul General in Erbil Michal Svoboda.
Avan Jamal said in a social media statement that: "Seeing My flag #kurdishflag representing @the_exam_movie is an amazing feeling and am proud to be part of this great event."
"Set in war-torn Iraqi Kurdistan, Shawkat Amin Korki’s drama boldly examines a theme deliberately ignored in Middle Eastern cinema – the subject of women’s rights: their entitlement not only to education, but also to make decisions about their own lives," reads the synopsis of the film published on the festival’s website.