Two films by Egyptian directors — Big Boys Don’t Cry and Traitors of the Eyes — were announced among three winners of the Berlinale Talents production award, part of the ongoing Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale).
The award, offering 60,000 euros to each chosen project, comes as a partnership between the Berlin International Film Festival and a corporate foundation, Robert Bosch Stiftung.
Big Boys Don’t Cry, an 80-minute documentary, is directed by Muhammad Mustapha (Egypt) and produced by Philipp Maurice Raube (Germany) with coproduction by Hala Lotfy (Egypt).
The short brief about the project reveals the following: “When asked to play himself for the camera, the bodyguard Yehia, thinks he owns the frame and fills it with his everyday raw masculine performance. He doesn’t know that the filmmaker has completely different intentions. This is the story of two men, two performances, two realities, and two masks taken off.”
The 20-minute animation Traitors of the Eyes is directed by Abdelrahman Dnewar (Egypt) and Saad Dnewar (Egypt).
The film is produced by Georg Neubert (Germany) with Saad Dnewar (Egypt) as coproducer.
“After the tragic death of their mother, a pair of identical twins embark on a journey of grief and remembrance, where their sexuality and religion collide, and their memories come together to uncover secrets of their conservative Muslim family,” reads the project’s synopsis