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Abou Leila

Spring Grants 2017 - Production Stage
Current project status: POST-PRODUCTION

Amin Sidi-Boumédiène / Feature Narrative / Algeria, France, Qatar / 2018 / 120 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama, Thriller, Road Trip


Algeria, 1994. Terrorist attacks have ravaged the north of the country for the past two years. Childhood friends S. and Lotfi travel through the Algerian desert looking for Abou Leila, a dangerous terrorist on the run. Their search seems absurd, given that the Sahara has not been affected by the wave of murders and bomb attacks that have been sweeping through the rest of the country. Lofti has only one priority: to keep S. as far from the capital as possible, knowing his friend is too fragile to face more bloodshed. As they approach the supposed hideout of Abou Leila, they learn of the mysterious plight in a nearby village, where three youths have been killed under terrible and suspicious circumstances. The Touareg inhabitants of the village believe the killer is a djinna, a desert spirit that ceaselessly roams the dunes. To S., the demon is Abou Leila.

About the Director

Amin Sidi-Boumédiène was born in France in 1982. In 2005, he obtained his film-directing diploma from the Conservatoire libre du cinema in Paris. He returned to Algeria in 2008, where he worked as a director’s assistant, then in 2010 he directed his first short film, ‘Tomorrow, Algiers?’, which was selected for a dozen festivals around the world. His second short film, ‘The Island’, was filmed in Algiers in 2012. His short film ‘Serial K.’ (2014) screened at several festivals. Currently, Sidi-Boumédiène is preparing his first feature-length film, ‘Abou Leila’.

Production Company Profile

Set up in January 2010, Thala Films is a film production company based in Algiers. Its ambition is above all to take an active part in promoting and preserving Algerian culture. Thala Films has produced two full-length documentary features to date, as well as six short films that have garnered numerous awards at national and international film festivals.


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    Fayçal Hammoum

    Thala Films

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    Thala Films

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