Art and Experience: Iranian filmmaker Mohammadreza Kheradmandan’s animated movie “Entr’acte” has won the award for best experimental short movie at the 1st Nazra Palestine Short Film Festival.
The festival was organized in the Italian cities of Venice, Florence, Bologna, Rome and Naples as well as the Palestinian cities of Gaza, Jerusalem and Ramallah from September 26 to October 9.
“Entr’acte” received the award “for telling in an overwhelming way the killing of a child by a sniper, mixing with astonishing effectiveness animation and film quotes. The film connects the narrative dramatic force with very strong emotional involvement and pietas, alternating in a heartbreaking way the prevailing black-and-white with color flashes,” the festival jury said in a statement.
This animated film is inspired by the true story of an Israeli sniper who, during the 2014 Gaza conflict, boasted on Instagram about having killed 13 Palestinian children in one day.
The award for best fiction by a Palestinian author was presented to “Ave Maria” by Basil Khalil, while the award for best fiction by an international author went to “One minute” by Dina Naser from Jordan.
“Mate Superb” Hamdi Alhroub won the award for best documentary by a Palestinian author and “High Hopes” by Guy Davidi from Israel was named best documentary by an international author.