THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE, MIGHT AS WELL GET WARM screens at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival

06 February 2024
Algerian director Mouloud Aït Liotna's short drama film THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE, MIGHT AS WELL GET WARM has so far held four packed screenings at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, which is running from February 2nd to the 10th in France. 
Starting its journey on the festival circuit with a world premiere in the Directors' Fortnight of the 76th Cannes Film Festival, the short is now poised to make history again by competing in the National Competition of one of the most prominent international short film festivals around the globe. 
Screening consecutively for four days from the 3rd to 6th February, THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE, MIGHT AS WELL GET WARM has four more highly anticipated screenings to go. If you’re interested, you can catch the film at the following showtimes:
Wednesday, February 7th at 11:30 am - Cocteau
Thursday, February 8th at 2:30 pm - Horizon
Friday, February 9th at 9:30 am - Jaude 4
Saturday, February 10th at 6 pm - Lumière
THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE, MIGHT AS WELL GET WARM follows Yanis — a young Kabyle man — who is leaving for Paris. To tie up some loose ends, he goes to the nearby village, where he learns of the death of a childhood friend and meets another at the funeral. 
A mishap in a café turns his last day in the backwaters of an earthy and soggy Algeria into a road movie — at first desperate, then thoughtful, and melancholic.
With magnificent cinematography and impressive cast performances, the film blends elements of drama and road movie genres to create a thought-provoking and melancholic experience for audiences. It also sheds light on the issue of Algerian immigration into France. 
After world premiering at Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight, the film went on to make waves at several film festivals, including the Festival de Cinéma de Douarnenez, Bejaia Film Encounters, Cinemed - Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen Montpellier, and the Festival des Cinémas d'Afrique du Pays d'Apt.
While it was in its production phase, THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE, MIGHT AS WELL GET WARM received financial support from several prestigious institutions, including Région Occitanie, AFAC, and the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée. 
Written and directed by Mouloud Aït Liotna and produced by Avant la Nuit of Benjamin Costes and Thibaut Amri, the film stars Mehdi Ramdani — well-known for UNTIL THE BIRDS RETURN, which screened in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard — and Mohamed Lefkir. 
Mouloud Aït Liotna grew up in Algeria and left for France before his 18th birthday. There, he studied cinema and philosophy before working in documentary development. 
THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE, MIGHT AS WELL GET WARM is his first short film.