,

Horses Of God

ARABIC,FRENCH|MOROCCO,FRANCE|2013
DRAMA|COUNTRY FOCUS|115m


Director: NABIL AYOUCH
Synopsis:


What could compel two ordinary, football-loving brothers to become part of a cell of suicide bombers? That is one question – among others – that Moroccan filmmaker Nabil Ayouch dares to ask in Horses of God, a thoughtful, masterfully controlled adaptation of Mahi Binebine’s novel The Stars Of Sidi Moumen. Inspired by the real-life 2003 terrorist attacks in Casablanca, Ayouch’s film follows two brothers over the course of a decade. While they begin as kids in search of thrills in the sprawling slums of Morocco’s Sidi Moumen, we witness their gradual, and ultimately shocking, radicalisation. Rather than opt for dry didacticism, however, Ayouch fashions a visually sumptuous and often breathless coming-of- age story that is reminiscent, at times, of Fernando Meirelles’ City of God, albeit with a tragic twist in the tale. A major achievement by one of North Africa’s most important filmmakers.

                     

 

 

 

 

Cast:
Abdelhakim Rachi, Abdelilah Rachid, Hamza Souidek

 

Crew:
Writer:  Jamal Belmahi, Mahi Binebine
Producer: Nabil Ayouch, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Eric Van Beuren, Patrick Quinet

 

Awards:

Cannes Film Festival 

Rotterdam International Film Festival

Seattle International Film Festival

Valladolid International Film Festival