30.09. - 09.10.2021

Abou Leila Algeria, France, Qatar 2019 | 139 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2019

Amin Sidi-Boumédiène

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.

rated for 0 + years
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.
Original title: Abou Leila
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Arabic, Tamasheq
Section: Kaleidoscope
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
Screenplay: Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
Cast: Slimane Benouari, Lyes Salem, Azouz Abdelkader, Fouad Megiraga, Meryem Medjkane, Hocine Mokhtar, Samir El Hakim
Producer: Claire Charles-Gervais, Louise Bellicaud, Fayçal Hammoum, Yacine Bouaziz
Director of Photography: Kanamé Onoyama
Production Design: Hamid Boughrara, Laurent Le Corre
Editor: Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
Sound: 0
Costume design:
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Format: dcp
Printsource: Rūta Švedkauskaitė:
German Distributor:
World Sales: Films Boutique
Production: In Vivo Films; Thala Films
Contact: Isabel Ivars, Films Boutique:


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