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A Brighter Tomorrow

Fall Grants 2019 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

Yassine Qnia / Feature Narrative / France, Qatar / 87 min / Original Language: French / Interests: Drama


Mehdi, Thibault and M’Barek are three thugs based in Aubervilliers. Mehdi, 30, lives alone with his mother since his former girlfriend Sarah and their son, Ilyès, left. Mehdi would like them to come back, but he doesn’t dare to talk to Sarah. M’Barek would like Mehdi to partner with him to buy a shop and walk the line. Mehdi pretends he’s not interested. In fact, he has spent his money to buy a house in Morocco for his mother, but she wants to stay in Aubervilliers. The three thugs prepare their next heist, the safe of an import-export warehouse. It goes wrong, and M’Barek turns himself into the police to save his friends. Thibault vanishes and Mehdi tries to win back Sarah’s heart. He takes care of their son, but the only thing he has to offer is to ask them to come back to his mother’s place.


Yassine Qnia
Yassine Qnia

About the Director

Yassine Qnia is a self-educated Franco-Moroccan screenwriter and director. In 2011, he shot his first short film ‘Fais Croquer’ (‘Don’t be Tight’) which was invited to many film festivals in France and abroad. Yassine shot two more short films, ‘Molii’ (2013) and ‘F430’ (2017), that won awards at several film festivals. Yassine still lives in the area of Aubervilliers (France) where he develops his film projects and works as a topographer on construction works.

Production Company Profile

Why Not Productions was founded in Paris (France) in 1990 by Pascal Caucheteux and Grégoire Sorlat and has so far produced over 100 feature films. Films directed by Arnaud Desplechin, Xavier Beauvois, Bruno Podalydès, Jacques Audiard, Ken Loach, Cristian Mungiu or Andrei Zviaguintsev, which were invited to many film festivals around the world where they won several awards. Why Not Productions keeps on looking for new screenwriters and directors, keen to discover promising young filmmakers like Yassine Qnia.

Awards and Festival History


WP La Quinzaine, Cannes 2021


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    Nicolas Livecchi

    Why Not Productions

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