30.09. - 09.10.2021

Until the birds return France, Germany, Algeria, Qatar 2017 | 113 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2017

Karim Moussaoui

KARIM MOUSSAOUI (*1976) worked as a film curator in Algiers, before starting to make his own films. His mid-length work Die Tage davor (2013) won several prizes and was nominated for a César.

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Three stories, each illustrating a different facet of Algeria – between slums and luxury apartments, rural expanses and urban moloch, the traditional and the modern. A young woman travels to her wedding with an elderly man and shares an intimate secret with the driver. The civil war of the 1990s suddenly catches up with an ambitious neurosurgeon. And a wealthy property developer witnesses a brutal beating and does nothing. Emotional and fascinating, Until The Birds Return paints a picture of a country in search of stability, of upheaval, of itself.
Original title: En attendant les hirondelles
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Arabic
Section: Freihafen
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Karim Moussaoui
Screenplay: Karim Moussaoui, Maud Ameline
Cast: Mohamed Djouhri, Sonia Mekkiou, Hania Amar, Mehdi Ramdani, Chawki Amari, Saadia Gacem, Hassan Kachach, Nadia Kaci, Samir El Hakim, Aure Atika
Producer: David Thion, Philippe Martin
Director of Photography: David Chambille
Production Design: Hamid Boughrara
Editor: Thomas Marchand
Sound: 0
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Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: mk2
Production: Les Films Pelléas; NiKo Film; Prolégomènes
Contact: Nicole Gerhards, Nikofilm:


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