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21TH edition NOVEMBER 29 TO DECEMBER 7, 2024

Deserts (الثلث الخالي)

Faouzi Bensaïdi

France, Germany, Morocco, Belgium, Qatar

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Director's Biography

A theatre director and actor, Faouzi Bensaïdi directed his first multi-award-winning short film, The Cliff, in 1997. He then co-wrote Far with André Téchiné. In 2000, Bensaïdi directed two short films: Le Mur, presented at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, and The Rain Line, which won an award at the Venice International Film Festival. His first feature-length film, A Thousand Months (2003), received two awards when it was presented in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes. His following films were selected for prestigious festivals: WWW - What a Wonderful World (2006) played at Venice; Death for Sale (2011) won the Art Cinema Award at the Berlin International Film Festival; and Volubilis (2017), which was selected for Venice Days and won seven awards at the Tangier National Film Festival. Deserts (2023), his latest feature film, was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.

Screenings :
Wedn 29 / 19:30 / Salle des Ministres
Wedn 29 / 19:30 / Salle des Ministres

In the presence of the film crew

Mehdi and Hamid work for a collection agency in Casablanca. Prisoners of their own wandering, the two gawky associates visit remote villages in the great south of Morocco in order to pressure indebted people to pay up.

Director Faouzi Bensaïdi
Producer Saïd Hamich Benlarbi
Screenwriter Faouzi Bensaïdi
Cinematographer Florian Berruti
Production Designer Véronique Sacrez
Editor Faouzi Bensaïdi, Véronique Lange
Sound Patrice Mendez, Abderrazak Amouzoune, Luc Thomas
Colour Colour
Supported by
Fehd Benchemsi, Abdelhadi Taleb, Rabii Benjhaile, Hajar Graigaa, Faouzi Bensaïdi, Nezha Rahil
Production Company Barney Production, Mont Fleuri Production
International Sales Company Urban Sales
Distributor MAD Solutions


France, Germany, Morocco, Belgium, Qatar