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Press Release March 2013

Press Release - 'Bra-et Al Rouh' Award - (released)


Director Walid Salhab, Producer/Actor Robert Welsh with Actress Katherine Abuaglain

 

‘Bra-et Al Rouh’ Scoops Top Award in France, beating BAFTA winner


Award-winning Edinburgh film-maker, Walid Salhab has added another prize to his growing trophy cabinet by winning the top prize at the Travelling/Rennes Film Festival 2013 with his short film, ‘Bra-et Al Rouh’.  The Edinburgh lecturer said, “Winning the Collège au Cinéma Prize at such a prestigious Festival is such an honour.  I made the film with no funding and no budget.  All I had was a dedicated cast and crew who helped me to realise my dream.  People had warned me about how hard it was to work with children but Katherine (six-year-old Edinburgh schoolgirl who is the lead actor) was such a natural in front of the camera that I really felt that I was capturing something special.”

Walid and his team, Robert Welsh, Producer/Actor and Ros Campbell, Production Manager beat off stiff competition from this month’s BAFTA award winner, ‘The Making of Longbird’ and ‘Long Distance Information’ which features well-known Scottish actor, Peter Mullan, to scoop the top prize.

Bra-et Al Rouh’ has already enjoyed a very successful past year with the film being premiered at the Marché du Film in Cannes in May last year.  The film which stars six-year-old Edinburgh schoolgirl, Katherine Abuaglain went onto win six awards worldwide including Best Short Film and Best Actress.

Walid, who currently lectures at Queen Margaret University, is known for the YouTube sensation ‘Kinetic Edinburgh II’ which recently broke the three million views mark.  This footage showed iconic Edinburgh landmarks during the Christmas period, shot using a new ground-breaking technique which is a mix of time-lapse photography and stop-motion film.

Walid’s new project, ‘Avaritia’ is the story of a man trapped in a world of his own making and choosing.  Obsessed by money, he has been corrupted by the banking institutions he works for.  This short is being filmed using the same technique as seen in ‘Kinetic Edinburgh II’.  However, the twist is that this time Walid will be using actors to add a live action dimension to the production.

ENDS


  • Watch the trailers for ‘Bra-et Al Rouh’ and ‘Avaritia’, as well as ‘Kinetic Edinburgh II ’ at www.youtube.com/salhabfilms

(‘Avaritia’ is currently in production and is due for release later in 2013)

 

Further information can be obtained from;

Ros Campbell, Film Publicist, Salhabfilms on +44 (0)7754 010518

 

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