‘In Flames’ wins Mannheim-Heidelberg Prize

04:43 PM | 29 Nov, 2023
‘In Flames’ wins Mannheim-Heidelberg Prize
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Pakistan's entry for the Oscars' international feature category, "In Flames," has clinched the International Newcomer Award at the 72nd International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg. This achievement precedes its participation in the upcoming Red Sea International Film Festival (RSIFF) in Jeddah, beginning on Thursday.

Zarrar Kahn's horror-drama "In Flames" made history earlier in May by becoming the second Pakistani film in 43 years to be featured in Directors' Fortnight, a parallel event to the esteemed Cannes Film Festival. Recently, the film had an independent release at Karachi's Atrium Cinemas, originally scheduled for a 12-day run and later extended until November 9. "In Flames" has also been showcased at various international film festivals, including Toronto, Busan, Sitges, Sao Paulo, and Pingyao.

The International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg announced on its website, "The main prize of 30,000 euros, the International Newcomer Award, went to In Flames by Pakistani director Zarrar Kahn, who accepted the award in person." The film is described as a gripping social portrait, portraying the struggles of a young female student against patriarchal power structures in Pakistan and the demons of her family history.

The jury, consisting of Elisa Schlott, Denis Dercourt, and Goran Stolevski, stated, "Our award goes to a filmmaker who manages to shift and play with the genre while maintaining a connection both to his audience as well as his protagonist throughout the film. The main character is a young woman who is allowed to be both brave and fragile, and she is brought to life through a wonderful debut performance that complements the mise-en-scene."

The film, written and directed by award-winning Canadian-Pakistani filmmaker Zarrar Kahn and produced by Anam Abbas, has resonated with audiences globally, especially women who have connected with the characters' universal struggles.

"In Flames" has been submitted as Pakistan's official entry under the Foreign Language Film category for the 96th Academy Awards next year.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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