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.
June 7, 2013
|6:00 PM||SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival||Date has passed|
June 8, 2013
|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.
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
|Principal Cast:||Abdelhakim Rachid, Abdelilah Rachid, Hamza Souidek, Ahmed El Idrissi Amrani|
|Country:||Morocco, France, Belgium|
|Running Time:||115 minutes|
|Producer:||Nabil Ayouch, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Eric Van Beuren, Patrick Quinet|
|Awards:||Carthage Film Festival (2012)|
|Filmography:||My Land (2011); Whatever Lola Wants (2008); Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (2000); Mektoub (1998)|
|International Sales:||Wild Bunch|