Spring Grants 2016 - Post-Production Stage
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
Part of the new generation of Moroccan cinema, writer-director Hicham Lasri won critical attention with ‘The End’ (2011), his first feature-length film, which showed in the ACID Programme at the Festival de Cannes in 2012. ‘They Are the Dogs’ (2013) looked at the Arab Spring in an atypical way, won 32 awards and acclaim from critics, and also screened in the ACID Programme. ‘The Sea Is Behind’ (2014) was selected for numerous significant international film festivals, including the Berlin and Dubai International Film Festivals, and screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. ‘Starve Your Dog’ (2015) had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and was also screened in the Panorama section at the Berlinale. Together with ‘They Are the Dogs’ and ‘Starve Your Dog’, Lasri’s ‘Jahilia, Here, We Drown the Dogs’ (currently in post-productin) represent a trilogy about Moroccan politics of the recent past. ‘HEAdbANG Lullaby’ is his upcoming feature.
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)