Abou Leila

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2019/ Algeria - France140 min/ Drama
Algeria, 1994. S. and Lotfi, two childhood friends, cross the desert in search of Abou Leila, a dangerous terrorist. The quest seems absurd in the immensity of the Sahara. But S., whose mental health is vacillating, is convinced to find Abou Leila there. Lotfi has only one idea in mind: to move S. away from the capital. It is by sinking into the desert that they will confront their own violence.
Slimane Benouari
Lyes Salem
Azouz Abdelkader
Fouad Megiraga
Screenwriter: Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
DOP: Kanamé Onoyama
Editor: Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
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Production Company(ies)
Thala Films
In Vivo Films
Fayçal Hammoum
Louise Bellicaud
film festivals
Cannes Film Festival, France
Neuchatel Int'l Fantastic Film Festival, Switzerland
Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland
Entrevues Belfort Festival International du Film, France
D'A Film Festival Barcelona, Spain
Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF), Switzerland
Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), Egypt
Le Festival du film franco-arabe de Noisy-Le-Sec, France
film awards
Best Actor Award - Carthage Film Festival, Tunisia
Best Film Award - Festival de Sevilla, Spain
Centenary Award for Best Film - Int'l Film Festival of Goa, India
Critics' Award- Cannes Film Festival, France
Critics' Award – Cinemed, France
Critics Award - D'A Film Festival Barcelona, Spain
Gérard Frot-Coutaz Prize - Entrevues Belfort Festival International du Film, France
Méliès d’Argent du Meilleur Long Métrage Fantastique Européen - Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF), Switzerland
"A punishing, sensorial cri de coeur that dispenses with traditional narrative to create a surrealist, all but impenetrable drama about Algeria’s bloody civil war of the 1990s."
Jay Weissberg – Variety

"In immersing the audience in the characters’ mindsets, the approach is rich, resonant and involving, rather than obtuse or disorienting. It also inspires the movie’s most striking images and evocative visual metaphors, saying more about the internal state of two men habitualised to a life of constant threat and terror than the languid dialogue could ever manage."
Sarah Ward – Screen Daily

“This intentionally disorienting work runs over two hours and is literally and figuratively a trip that isn’t only captivating but tries to take its viewers captive”
Boyd van Hoeij - The Hollywood Reporter