VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

En attendant les hirondelles

V' 17

En attendant les hirondelles

Until the Birds Return

Karim Moussaoui
F/Algerien/D/Katar, 2017
Fiction, 113min, OmeU

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En attendant les hirondelles

Karim Moussaoui
F/Algerien/D/Katar, 2017
Fiction, 113min, OmeU

Actors: 
Mohamed Djouhri
Mourad
Sonia Mekkiou
Mourad's ex-wife
Mehdi Ramdani
Djalil
Hania Amar
Aïcha
Hassan Kachach
Dahman
Screenplay: 
Karim Moussaoui
Maud Ameline
Sound: 
Arnaud Marten
Camera: 
David Chambille
Editor: 
Thomas Marchand
Costume: 
Maya Benchikh

Production: 
Les Films Pelléas
Niko Film
Prolégoménes
ARTE France Cinéma
MK2 Films
CADC
World Sales: 
MK2
Format: 
DCP
Color

Algeria today. Past and present collide in the lives of a newly wealthy property developer, a young woman torn between the path of reason and sentiment and an ambitious neurologist impeded by wartime wrongdoings. Three stories that plunge us into the human soul of a contemporary Arab society.
“Some of the best scenes lie in this middle section, which at times recalls Abbas Kiarostami’s THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES, with two young people who, despite their mutual attraction, keep repelling each other like magnets as they wander along the winding roads of the desert. In one standout moment, Djalil and Aicha escape into an empty bar, where the latter performs a marvelous dance for an audience of one. And later on, their pivotal meet-up gets hijacked by a marching band, as if the famous entr’acte from Leo Carax’s HOLY MOTORS found its way into the Algerian backlands.” (Jordan Mintzer)