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20TH edition NOVEMBER 24 TO DECEMBER 2, 2023

The Damned Don’t Cry

Fyzal Boulifa

France, Belgium, Morocco

Director's Biography

Fyzal Boulifa is a writer-director based between Paris, London, and Tangier. He learned cinema by watching and shooting as many films as he could. His short f ilms have twice won awards in the Directors’ Fortnight at the Festival de Cannes and been nominated for BAFTAs. In 2019, he directed his first feature-length f ilm, Lynn+Lucy, for which he was nominated for a Debut Director Award at the British Independent Film Awards. The film had its premiere in the San Sebastián International Film Festival and won awards from festivals in Macao, Marrakech, Les Arcs, and Vilnius.

Darija, French
Thu 17 / 19h30 / Salle des Ambassadeurs
Fri 18 / 14h00 / Salle des Ambassadeurs

In the presence of the film crew

Fatima-Zahra and her teenage son Selim move from place to place, forever trying to outrun the latest scandal she’s caught up in. When Selim discovers the truth about their past, Fatima-Zahra vows to make a fresh start. In Tangier, new opportunities promise the legitimacy they each crave—but not without pushing the volatile mother-son relationship to the breaking point.

Director : Fyzal Boulifa
Producer : Karim Debbagh, Clément Lepoutre, Gary Farkas, Olivier Muller
Screenwriter : Fyzal Boulifa
Cinematographer : Caroline Champetier
Production Designer : Samuel Charbonnot
Editor : François Quiqueré
Sound : Bruno Schweitzguth
Music : Nadah El Shazly

Abdellah El Hajjouji, Aicha Tebbae, Antoine Reinartz

Production Company : Kasbah Films, Vixens, Frakas Productions
International Sales : Charades


France, Belgium, Morocco






Darija, French