Spring Grants 2021 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT
Hajj Quichotte—a dusty old cart driver—is forced to drive a three-wheeled vehicle when the authorities seize his horse. He opens his eyes to the modern world he doesn’t know and decides, after an accident, to run away and try to make up for a past he abandoned 30 years ago. It’s the beginning of an epic journey that will take him from north of Morocco all through the Arab world!
- Hicham Lasri
- Hicham Lasri
- Lamia Chraibi
About the Director
Hicham Lasri is a Moroccan filmmaker born in Casablanca in 1977. He studied economics and law, then wrote plays, novels, and screenplays before turning to film. In 2011, he directed his first feature film, 'The End', which received critical acclaim. In 'They are the Dogs' (2013), he draws parallels between the Arab Spring of 2011 and the 1981 "bread riots" in Morocco, offering a beautiful tour through festivals and numerous critical writings. 'Starve your Dog' (2015) and 'HEAdbANG Lullaby' (2017) were screened in the Panorama and 'Jahilya' (2018) in the Forum sections of the Berlinale.
Production Company Profile
La Prod accompanies directors in the creative process, including Hicham Lasri, Narjiss Nejjjar, Ismaïl Ferroukhi, and Mohcine Besri. They co-produced Oliver Laxe’s 'Mimosas' (Grand Prize of the Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016) as well as Balint Kenyeres’ 'Tegnap' (Locarno Film Festival). They produced Talal Selhami’s 'Achoura', a Moroccan fantasy film (Best Film Award - Hardline Festival, Special Mention of the Jury - Sitges Fantastic Film Festival). They also produced various feature film projects and television programs.