Rabat - Having won several awards for her work in the controversial film “Much Loved” by Nabil Ayouch, Loubna Abidar, the film’s heroine, did not manage yesterday to win the award for Best Actress in the 41st Annual Cèsar Award.
Rabat – Having won several awards for her work in the controversial film “Much Loved” by Nabil Ayouch, Loubna Abidar, the film’s heroine, did not manage yesterday to win the award for Best Actress in the 41st Annual Cèsar Award.
The award went to the French actress Catherine Frot, who competed with other high profile actresses, such as Emmanuelle Bercot, Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, and Algerian Soria Zeroual for the award.
Abidar posted on her Facebook account photos at Chatelet Theatre in Paris, wearing a manly outfit with Nabil Ayouch, the director of “Much Loved.”
Before the start of the ceremony, Abidar expressed her delight with her nomination for Best Actress: “I feel like my character did in “Much Loved’s” weeding party – my fight is not just for prostitutes but for Muslim women in general. We want respect for them to be normal.”
Abidar won several awards for her role as a prostitute in “Much Loved,” including the Lumières Award, Golden Bayard Best Actress, and the Best Actor Award at the 8th Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême.
The movie is a social drama that depicts the daily lives of four prostitutes in the city of Marrakech.
“Much Loved,” or “Zin Li Fik” as it’s known in Arabic, has been regarded as a highly controversial film in Morocco until now after some censored scenes were leaked on the internet.
The film was highly criticized and caused an uproar among Moroccans, many of whom called for it to be banned. Ayouch was recently a guest of the Medi 1 Radio program “Face Bilal Marmid,” where he spoke about the reasons that pushed to create “Much Loved.” He said that he did not mean to stir controversy, nor to create uproar among Moroccans.
The Franco-Moroccan director also explained that the film is based in reality. He met with prostitutes who told him their stories and detailed their daily lives. He added that the inspiration behind “Much Loved’s” screenplay was a girl who “gave him the courage to portray the difficult experiences of prostitutes.”
Edited by Michael Joseph