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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
Production Company
Barney Production
Production Company
Barney Production

About the Director

After working in the theatre as a stage director and actor, Faouzi Bensaïdi directed in 1997 his first short film, 'La Falaise' which received 24 awards at international festivals. In 2000, he directed two short films: 'Le Mur', awarded at the Cannes Film Festival, and 'Trajets' awarded at the Venice Film Festival. In 2003, his first feature, 'Mille Mois', was doubly awarded at Un Certain Regard in Cannes. In 2006, his second film, 'WWW - What a Wonderful World' was selected at Venice Days and was distributed in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Denmark, and the USA. 'Death for Sale', his third feature film, was selected and awarded at the 62nd Berlinale. His latest film 'Volubilis' was selected at Venice Days in 2017.

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


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