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20TH edition NOVEMBER 24 TO DECEMBER 2, 2023


Faouzi Bensaïdi

France, Morocco

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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 :
Fri 01 / 21:00 / Cinéma le Colisée
Fri 01 / 21:00 / Cinéma le Colisée

In the presence of the film crew

In the Moroccan city of Meknes, newlyweds Abdelkader and Malika struggle to make ends meet. They dream of leaving the family house and at last starting a life of their own together. But, one day at work, Abdelkader experiences a violent incident that will turn the couple’s destiny upside down.

Director Faouzi Bensaïdi

Producer Saïd Hamich Benlarbi

Screenwriter Faouzi Bensaïdi

Cinematographer Marc-André Batigne

Production Designer Donat Massoni

Editor Maxime Garault

Sound Patrice Mendez, Alexis Meynet, Samuel Aichoun

Music Mike, Fabien Kourtzer

Colour Colour

Mouhcine Malzi, Nadia Kounda, Abdelhadi Taleb, Nezha Rahil, Faouzi Bensaïdi, Mouna Fettou

Production Company Barney Production

International Sales Company Doc & Film International


France, Morocco