The Train of Salt and Sugar Wins Nile Grand Prize at Luxor African Film Festival

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The Train of Salt and Sugar Wins Nile Grand Prize at Luxor African Film Festival


The Train of Salt and Sugar by director LicĂ­nio Azevedo won the Nile Grand Prize for Best Film (Golden Mask of Tutankhamun) at the 9th Luxor African Film Festival within its Diaspora Section. This marks the third international award for the film after winning the Silver Pyramid Award for Best Director at the Cairo International Film Festival and Best Film at the Joburg Film Festival.

In the midst of war-torn Mozambique, a perilous train journey through the country encompasses civilian passengers, who are both protected and harassed by a troop of ill-disciplined soldiers on board to fight off a rebel army in the bush.

The film took part in more than 20 film festivals, including Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia, Afrika Film Festival Köln in Germany, Fantasporto International Film Festival in Portugal, Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Festival du cinéma Africain de Khouribga in Morocco, International Film Festival of India, and Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland.

Directed and written by Licinio Azevedo and co-written by Teresa Pereira, The Train of Salt and Sugar stars Melanie de Vales Rafael, Thiago Justino, Matamba Joaquim. MAD Solutions handles the film's Arab world distribution.

LicĂ­nio Azevedo is a Mozambican filmmaker and writer. Brazilian born, he started as a journalist in Latin America, arriving in Mozambique in search of good postcolonial stories, later compiled in a book. He worked closely with Ruy Guerra, Godard and Jean Rouch at the National Institute of Mozambique in the years that followed the Mozambican Independence.

He has directed over twenty films, distributed worldwide, since 1980, and is the co-founder of one of Mozambique's most renowned film production companies - Ébano Multimédia. Licínio's films are hand in hand with the reality of Mozambique and its troubled political evolution. Between action and documentary, Licinio mixes both genres, always inspired by storytelling events and compelling characters.