Spring Grants 2016
Current project status: COMPLETED
Casablanca, June 11, 1986 – the day of the World Cup. After yet another blunder, embittered cop Daoud is sent by his dissatisfied superiors to spend the day on a bridge between two warring neighbourhoods in order to protect the hypothetical passage of a royal procession. A prisoner of the bridge, Daoud will be transformed by contact with the inhabitants of both villages. He will learn maturity after spending time with a five-year-old child and a mother who upheld her dignity, despite having had her head shaved by the secret police. This apparently normal day made up of absurd waiting, improbable encounters and brutal poetry takes place under the giant shadow of a messianic monarch whose passage disturbs the delicate balance of a motley population.
- Hcham Lasri
- Hcham Lasri
- Mikael Clouet, Rita El Quessar
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
Launched in 2008, Pan Production is based in Casablanca and has ambitions of producing independent Arab films and reviving the Moroccan cinema and television landscape. Associate producers Rita El Quessar, from Morocco, and Mickaël Clouet, from France, met filmmaker Hicham Lasri in 2009 and produced his short film ‘Android’ (2011). A few years later, they began to develop feature films like ‘The Sea Is Behind’ (2014) and ‘Starve Your Dog’ (2015), which brought them to international attention. After four years of writing and development, the company presents Lasri’s ‘HEAdbANG Lullaby’, a comedy about the absurdity of Arab societies and humanity shattered by fear, subservience and the wait for a king who might pass by. From this premise arises a poetry of sadness and hope arises – hope that does not exclude the joy of being alive.
Awards and Festival History
"Berlinale 2017, Forum (WP)
Cinefertil Latin Arab FF 2017
Carthage FF 2017
Festival des Cinémas d’Afrique du Pays d’Apt 2017
Nuremberg Int'l Human Rights FF 2017
AFAC Film Week, September 2018 (Algeria)
Festival Cinémas d'Afrique 2018 (Lausanne)"