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Abou Leila

OT: Abou Leila

Amin Sidi-Boumédiène // Algeria, France, Qatar, 2019
Fiction Feature // FF2019



A surreal mirror of present-day Algeria: during the civil war, two policeman undertake a nightmarish trip through the desert. In 1994, S. and Lotfi, two policemen and friends since childhood, drive through the Sahara. They’re looking for Abou Leila, a dangerous terrorist, who is on the run. The whole trip seems pointless, as the desert hasn’t been affected by the wave of violence that is gripping the rest of the country. For Lotfi there is only one aim: keeping S. as far as possible from the capital, because he knows that his friend can’t take any more bloodshed. Yet, the deeper they venture into the void, the more they are confronted with their own violent civil war history.


AMIN SIDI-BOUMÉDIÈNE (*1982) studied film at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français in Paris and his shorts Tomorrow, Algiers? (2010) and The Island (2012) won several prizes. Abou Leila is his his debut full-length film.



Abou Leila

Fiction Feature

Arabic, Tamasheq


Algeria, France, Qatar


139 min

OV with English subtitles

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