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May 16 - June 9, 2013   Start the Festival in style with the SIFF 2013 Opening Night Gala! The evening features the Seattle premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, with director Joss Whedon and cast members Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg scheduled to attend.

Horses of God

BEST DIRECTOR GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD

An intimate portrait of three young boys growing up on the outskirts of Casablanca. Critically acclaimed at Cannes, this film is a major achievement by one of North Africa's most important filmmakers.

Schedule
June 7, 2013
Friday
6:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
June 8, 2013
Saturday
6:00 PM Kirkland Performance Center Date has passed

In Horses of God, Nabil Ayouch tells the story of two young soccer-loving friends, Yachine and Nabil, growing up under the fierce protection of Yachine's older brother, Hamid. But in the sprawling slums of Sidi Moumen, not even Hamid can defend them against the harshness and injustice of the life that surrounds them. Fed up with that life, Hamid throws a rock at a police car and earns himself two years in prison. When he returns, an eerie calm masks his newfound zealotry, and his fundamentalist friends seem to exercise a powerful influence. Inspired by the real-life 2003 terrorist attacks in Casablanca, Ayouch's film is a thoughtful and affecting inquiry into how ordinary people come to do desperate, unfathomable things. A major achievement by one of North Africa's most important filmmakers, the film was hugely successful both at Cannes and in its native Morocco and has won acclaim from public and critics alike.

Director Biography
French-Moroccan filmmaker Nabil Ayouch started his career making commercials before he made his successful feature debut with Mektoub (1997). He is the founder of Ali 'n' Productions and Meda Films Development, production companies dedicated to helping filmmakers on both sides of the Mediterranean. Horses of God is his fourth feature.

Sponsored in part by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Delta Air Lines

Director: Nabil Ayouch
Principal Cast: Abdelhakim Rachid, Abdelilah Rachid, Hamza Souidek, Ahmed El Idrissi Amrani
Premiere Status: US
Country: Morocco, France, Belgium
Year: 2012
Running Time: 115 minutes
Producer: Nabil Ayouch, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Eric Van Beuren, Patrick Quinet
Screenplay: Jamal Belmahi
Cinematographers: Hichame Alaouie
Editors: Damien Keyeux
Music: Malvina Meinier
Website: http://www.wildbunch.biz/films/horses_of_god
Awards: Carthage Film Festival (2012)
Filmography: My Land (2011); Whatever Lola Wants (2008); Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000); Mektoub (1998)
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: Yes
International Sales: Wild Bunch
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