Kamel El Basha took home the best actor award at this year’s Venice Film Festival for his portrayal of Palestinian refugee Yasser in the Ziad Doueiri-directed courtroom drama The Insult. The film is El Basha’s first major movie role after years in theatre. The Palestinian actor previously featured in Love, Theft and Other Entanglements by Muayad Alayan, which showcased at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. He dedicated his award to the Palestinian people.“I’m proud to represent my country and my people,” El Basha said in his acceptance speech. “This award is not for only me, but for the film, the director, and the whole crew.” The film, which will be shown in Lebanese cinemas on September 14, will also be submitted as Lebanon’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2018 Academy Awards.
Other winners at the Venice Film Festival include Xavier Legrand, who was named best director for his film Jusqu’à la garde; best actress went to Charlotte Rampling for Hannah; and Guillermo del Toro took home the biggest award of the night – The Golden Lion for best film – for The Shape of Water.
Watch the official trailer for The Insult below.