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Abou Leila Unclassified 18+

Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Genre: Drama Themes: Cannes
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Setting off into the Sahara in search of an elusive terrorist, two childhood friends confront their traumas in this road movie meets meditative-absurdist western, which screens at MIFF straight from Cannes Critics’ Week.

In Algiers circa 1994, the civil war rages on, resulting in street-side shootouts, traumatised police and civilians alike, and a tense, fraught daily reality. For Lotfi and his lifelong pal S., it’s reason enough to escape the city, with the pair endeavouring to hunt down infamous terrorist Abou Leila. But S.’s lead is hardly solid, and nor is his fragile mental state – and the further they journey into the desert, the more Lotfi’s worries for his friend grow.

Making full use of the film’s sprawling setting, Algerian writer/director Amin Sidi-Boumédiène serves up an evocative, immersive and visually sumptuous feature debut with this poetic and probing drama, which is both steeped in the horrors of its specific place and time, and speaks broadly about the scars left by constant conflict.

“A patient, pensive and often surrealist view on violence’s lingering influence … rich, resonant and involving.” – Screen Daily

Tickets

7441
Fri 09 Aug 9:00 pm [7441]
Abou Leila (139 mins)
Hoyts 6 Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles
Past event
5590
Mon 12 Aug 4:00 pm [5590]
Abou Leila (139 mins)
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Auditorium 100% Subtitles
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

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Key Cast
Azouz Abdelkader, Fouad Megiraga, Hocine Mokhtar, Lyes Salem, Meryem Medjkane, Samir El Hakim, Slimane Benouari
Director
Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
Producers
Claire Charles-Gervais, Fayçal Hammoum, Louise Bellicaud, Yacine Bouaziz
Screenwriter
Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
Cinematographer
Kanamé Onoyama
Editor
Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: Films Boutique

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