Until the Birds Return

Director: Karim Moussaoui
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Received the Fall Grant – Production Stage from the Doha Film Institute in 2015.
The film criticizes the double standards in modern Arab societies.
The film was selected to screen in the prestigious Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.
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2017/ France - Germany - Algeria - Qatar113 min/ Drama
Original Title
En Attendant Les Hirondelles
Algeria today. Past and present collide in the lives of a newly wealthy property developer, an ambitious neurologist impeded by wartime wrongdoings, and a young woman torn between the path of reason and sentiment. Three stories that plunge us into the human soul of a contemporary Arab society.
Mohamed Djouhri
Sonia Mekkiou
Mehdi Ramdani
Hania Amar
Chawki Amari
Hassan Kachach
Screenwriter: Karim Moussaoui
Maud Adeline
DOP: David Chambille
Editor: Thomas Marchand
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Production Company(ies)
Les Films Pelléas
David Thion
Philippe Martin
film festivals
Cannes Film Festival, France
Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia
Sarajevo International Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Warsaw Film Festival, Poland
Arab Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands
Carthage Film Festival (JCC), Tunisia
Oran International Arabic Film Festival, Algeria
film awards
Wihr d’Or Award and Best Director Award at the Oran International Arabic Film Festival, Algeria
“An intriguing first feature from writer-director Karim Moussaoui that explores the damaged emotional landscape of his homeland.” Jordan Mintzer - The Hollywood Reporter

“It’s heartening to see such delicate stories of ordinary people come to the fore in a country whose filmmakers faces enormous hurdles.” Lee Marshall - Screen Daily