Director Faouzi Bensaïdi on tour in several cities in the Kingdom, from June 2 to 7


Director Faouzi Bensaïdi will begin a tour from June 2 to 7, in the rooms of the French Institute of Morocco in Rabat, Kénitra, Casablanca and Meknes, shedding light on his artistic career and presenting two of his emblematic feature films “Deserts” (2023) and “A Thousand Months” (2003).

This tour constitutes a suitable opportunity for the public to interact with the Moroccan director on all of his works and his artistic journey, with screenings-meetings planned in the Gérard Philipe room in Rabat (June 2), the cinemas of the French Institute of Kénitra (June 3) and Casablanca (June 4), as well as at the Caméra cinema in Meknes (June 6 and 7), indicates a press release from the French Institute of Morocco.

The film “Deserts” will be screened in the theaters of the French Institute of Oujda (June 1), Agadir (June 4), Marrakech (June 11 and 26), Tetouan (June 7), as well as at the Rif cinema in Tangier (June 7), specifies the same source.

Selected for the Filmmakers’ Fortnight at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, this feature film tells the story of Mehdi and Hamid, two long-time friends who work for a collection agency in Casablanca and who are sent to the distant villages of the deep South Moroccan.

As for the film “Mille Mois”, the first feature film by Faouzi Bensaïdi and which won the “Un Certain Regard” Prize at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, it will be screened in the Gérard Philipe room in Rabat (June 4), the cinemas of the French Institute of Casablanca (June 6) and Marrakech (June 12 and 25), Kenitra (June 28), as well as at the Rif cinema in Tangier (June 13 and 15).

The film offers a cinematic look at a village through the eyes of a child, in a particular political and religious context.

Theater director and actor, Faouzi Bensaïdi directed his first multi-award winning short film, “La Falaise” in 1997. Then, he co-wrote “Loin” with André Téchiné. In 2000, he directed two short films: “Le Mur”, presented at the Quinzaine des Cinéastes and “Trajets”, awarded at the Venice Film Festival.

His first feature film, “A Thousand Months” received the “Le premier regard” and “De la jeunesse à Un Certain Regard” prizes. Also, several of his films have won awards, including, “WWW – What a Wonderful World” at the Venice Film Festival, “Mort à vente” which won the Art et Essai Prize at the Berlinale, “Volubilis” (Venice Days) , “Summer Days” and “Deserts”.

An essential figure in Moroccan cinema, Faouzi Bensaïdi is recognized for the aesthetic commitment of his cinema, the power of his productions and his films with marked influences. A multi-awarded international artist, he was recently honored with the Golden Star at the Marrakech International Film Festival for his 25-year career.

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