Egyptian actor Karim Abdel Aziz received ‘Faten Hamama’ Award at the 43rd Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) that kicked off Friday night.
The award is given each year to a prominent figure in the Arab world's film industry for outstanding achievements.
In his speech, Abdel Aziz said he is glad that he received this award from Mona Zaki, adding that she is the only one who is suitable to grant him the award.
The two actors shared a beautiful moment on stage where Abdel Aziz hugged Mona and kissed her forehead. Then, he took a moment to thank his father, Mohamed Abdel Aziz, and his mother.
In September, the festival president, Mohamed Hefzy, said in a statement: “The festival is always keen to honor the figures who combine talent, popularity, devotion to the cinema, and this applies to the star Karim Abdel Aziz, who will be awarded the Faten Hamama Award for Excellence.”
He added: “I respected Karim Abdel Aziz throughout his 20 years of a successful career in which he played roles in comedies, action, thrillers, horror, and romance. He managed to succeed and sometimes surprise us with his bold choices.”
“It is not by coincidence that he is among the highest-earning movie stars in the history of Egyptian cinema without having to follow the guaranteed pattern of the film market,” Hefzy concluded.