The Gravedigger’s Wife, an intimate family drama shot in Djibouti and directed by Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, has been awarded with the Amplify Voices Award at Toronto International Film Festival. The award embraces diversity in all its forms and definitions, including technique and passion that transports storytelling to the screen. The film will receive a $10,000 cash price.
The jury statement: “At once specific to Somali culture and universally recognizable, The Gravedigger’s Wife tells a deeply romantic tale that’s both emotionally and visually textured. With Omar Abdi as its magnetic lead, Guled’s journey captivates from the first scene to the final frame.”
The Gravedigger’s Wife received its world premiere at the 60th Cannes Critics’ Week in July and will open in cinemas in Finland in November. The film is produced by Bufo together with German Twenty Twenty Vision and French Pyramide Productions.