Director: Ahmed El Maanouni
"Further proof of the richness and diversity of recent Moroccan cinema." - Variety
Marking filmmaker Ahmed El Maanouni's return to fictional drama - his music doco Trances (1982) was restored and presented at Cannes Classics last year - Burned Hearts touches on the conflicts at the heart of contemporary Moroccan society.
Successful architect Amin returns to Morocco for the first time in 10 years, where he confronts his physically and verbally abusive uncle on his deathbed. With the sights and sounds of the city awakening old memories, Amin is drawn back to the follies of his youth.
"The film constantly operates on a double register: that of the visible lightness of the first level of the story and that of the deep graveness which runs through the narrative in half-tone." - filmmaker Ahmed El Maanouni
Portugal, Mozambique, 2006
“I was embarking on a journey that would kill the certainties of my childhood.” ... Adapted from Mia Couto's novel of the same name, Sleepwalking Land is ultimately a magical fantasy based on eve… More »
Algeria, France, 2007
One man's efforts to repair his broken family with yellow paint and electricity. ... In the harsh landscape of Algeria, a poor Berber farming family is stunned by news of their son's death, who was k… More »
Australia, France, 2007
Where there is gold, there will be gold-diggers… ... The transportation of an entire industrial gold mine from one side of the world to a remote area of Guinea, West Africa, is an epic logist… More »
Awarded the Prize of Hope at this year's Cannes Film Festival“It was primordial for me to work with ex-children soldiers, who seemed to be the only ones capable of giving a sincere testimony of thi… More »
France, Algeria, 2008
A gentle comedy at the crossroads of manual labour and religious belief. ... On the outskirts of Paris, Algerian and French cultures clash in a bleak industrial zone, where stacks of pallets are prep… More »