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Dreamaway Awarded Special Mention from Tripoli Film Festival

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Its Second Arab Award

Dreamaway Awarded Special Mention from Tripoli Film Festival


Dreamaway by director Marouan Omara and Johanna Domke received a Special Mention during its participation in the Official Competition of the Tripoli Film Festival. This is the film's second award in the Arab world, following the Bronze Prize for Best Artistic Contribution at the Luxor African Film Festival.

Dreamaway recently screened at the Beirut Cinema Days at Metropolis Cinema and the Agadir International Documentary Film Festival (FIDADOC). The film enjoyed successful screenings at Zawya Cinema in Cairo that lasted for an entire month. It also screened at Zawya Alexandria. The film landed its world premiere at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, and had its Arab world premiere at the El Gouna Film Festival within its Official Competition. Dreamaway took part in the Cairo International Film Festival(CIFF), BFI London Film Festival, and the Sharm El-Sheikh Asian Film Festival (SAFF), along with other international film festivals.

Representing freedom and easy cash, Sharm El Sheikh has long been a dream destination for Egyptian youth. Recently, terror attacks have brought tourism in the resort town to a halt. Dreamaway follows a group of young employees of a luxury hotel compound, where clichés and stereotypes of Western and Oriental cultures clash. This carousel-like experience elevates the youths into a dreamlike state.

Directed by Marouan Omara and Johanna Domke, Dreamaway is produced by Roman Roitman,(Monokel/Germany), Mark Lotfy (Fig Leaf Studio/Egypt) and Arne Birkenstock (Fruitmarket Kultur und Medien/Germany).The film received grants from the Doha Film Institute, Arab Fund for the Arts and Culture (AFAC),and is supported by WDR, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, IDFA Bertha Europe Fund, Catapult Film Fund, Hot Docs Blue Ice Fund, Berlinale Talents Doc Station Prize, Beirut Cinema Platform and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie Prize. MAD Solutions handles the film's distribution in the Arab world.