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Faouzi Bensaïdi / Feature Narrative / Morocco, France, Qatar / 2017 / 106 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama


Abdelkader is a security guard and Malika is a domestic employee. Recently married, they are madly in love; they dream of moving in together and of living their love to the full, despite the financial difficulties they face. One day, however, Abdelkader experiences a violent and humiliating incident that will turn the couple’s destiny upside-down.


Faouzi Bensaïdi
Faouzi Bensaïdi
Saïd Hamich

About the Director

Faouzi Bensaïdi directed ‘La Falaise’, his first short film, in 1997, for which he received 23 awards. In 2000, he directed two short films: ‘Le Mur’, which won an award at the Festival de Cannes, and ‘Trajets, which won a prize at the Venice Film Festival. In 2003, his first feature ‘Mille Mois’ won two awards at Cannes. In 2013, he directed ‘Death for Sale’, which won an award at the Berlin International Film Festival. Throughout his career, Bensaïdi has also worked as an author and actor with great directors including Nabil Ayouch, André Techiné and Nadir Mocknech. All of his films have received critical acclaim and have been distributed around the world.

Production Company Profile

Barney Production is an independent company created in 2010 by Saïd Hamich Benlarbi, a former student of the production department of La Fémis (Paris) and winner of the Film Producer prize from the Lagardère Foundation in 2012.

Awards and Festival History


"Venice Days 2017 (WP)
Busan IFF 2017, World Cinema
Festival des


"El-Gouna Star for Best Actress (Nadia Kounda), El Gouna FF 2017
Tanit de Bronze for Best Narrative Film, Carthage FF 2017


  • Production Company

    Barney Production

    +33 97 25 27 496

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