Rabat - Loubna Abidar has been awarded Best Actor at the 8th edition of the Festival du Film Francophone d'Angoulême in France for her role in the controversial film “Much Loved” by Nabil Ayouch. The film has also won the ‘Valois d’or’ for best film.
Rabat – Loubna Abidar has been awarded Best Actor at the 8th edition of the Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême in France for her role in the controversial film “Much Loved” by Nabil Ayouch. The film has also won the ‘Valois d’or’ for best film.
In his speech to receive to award, Nabil Ayouch took the microphone to pay tribute to the Arab women who struggles every day to defend their rights.
“Much Loved or Zin li Fik” has been regarded as a highly controversial film in Morocco. After some scenes had been leaked on the internet, the film was criticized severely and caused an uproar among Moroccans who called for it to be banned.
Nabil Ayouch, has also been accused of defamation towards Moroccan women and of tarnishing Morocco’s image.
The movie has recently been presented at the Cannes Film Festival and is due to be released in France on September 16.
The film is a social drama which depicts the daily lives of four prostitutes in the city of Marrakech, Randa, Nouha, Soukaina, and Hlima.
Loubna Abidar, as the lead of Nabil Ayouch’s movie has received many attacks and death threats. She was hurt by the attacks of the Moroccan stand-up comedian Said Naciri who had labelled her a prostitute in his recent show. However, she was recently defended by the Moroccan cleric Mohammed Fizazi after she called him in tears and expressed regret for her role in the film.
The festival was founded by French producers Marie-France Brière, Dominique Besnehard, Patrick Mardikian and Maxime Delauney. It’s goal is to support young directors, and highlights films that carry a strong message.