Algeria, 1994. Police officers S. and Lotfi, two childhood friends, cross the desert in search of Abou Leila, a dangerous terrorist. In the immensity of the Sahara, their quest seems absurd, but Lofti has only one priority: to keep S. as far from the capital as possible, knowing his friend is too fragile to face more bloodshed.But the deeper they get into the desert, the more they are confronted with their own trauma.
Amin Sidi-Boumédiène (Paris, France, 1982) has firstly studied chemistry before he started his studies in cinema. In 2005, he obtained his film-directing diploma at Concervatoire libre du cinéma français, at Paris. He went back to Algeria in 2008 where he worked as second and first director assistant, then in late 2010 he directed his first short movie Tomorrow, Algiers? which participated in a dozen festivals around the world. His second short movie, The Island, was filmed in Algiers in July 2012. It won the prize of Best Production and Best Movie of the Arab world in the International Film Festival of Abu Dhabi in 2012. In 2014, he directed his third short film, Serial K., which was shown during the Béjaia Cinematographic Days. His first feature film, Abou Leila, shot in Algeria, was presented during the Critic’s Week at Cannes.
Ghadane, Al Djazair? (Tomorrow, Algiers?, cm, 2011), L’Île - Al Djazira (The Island, cm, 2012), Serial K. (cm, 2014), Abou Leila (2019).
“The trauma is there, diffused and sometimes unconscious, and topics such as the fragility of being and the trap in which violence locks up a country and its inhabitants are the ideal canvas to succeed in speaking out as best as possible about terrorism without ever designating it directly. To evoke this period for me is therefore a way to explore the purely human feelings related to what we have experienced, and to try to recreate a microcosm, through metaphor and art, that while certainly surrealist, is capable of getting into the bottom of things without being hindered by the obligations of being impartial or exhaustive.”
Algeria-Francia-Qatar/Algeria-France-Qatar, 2019, 140’, col.
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