Born in Meknes, Faouzi Bensaidi now spends his time between Paris and Casablanca. After studying at the Rabat Institute of Dramatic Art, he staged a number of plays. In 1995, he trained as an actor at the Paris National Higher Academy of Dramatic Art and, in 1997, directed his first short film, entitled THE CLIFF which has won 23 prizes in festivals in France and abroad. In 1999, he co-wrote the script for André Téchiné’s new film, LOIN. In 2000, he directed two short films, THE WALL, a prize-winner at the Cannes Festival, and THE RAIN LINE, a prize-winner at the Venice Festival.
Movies by Faouzi Bensaidi in Collection
Three friends strive to preserve their loyalty to each other in spite of a corrupt society. These young men live in Tétouan, an impoverished Moroccan city. Soufiane, the youngest, spends his days pilfering. Allal, the oldest, is trying to gain a foothold as a drug dealer. Malik falls in love with Dounia who works as a prostitute in a night club. The three friends part to make their own way in life, but before long it looks as though their futures will founder in a maelstrom of violence, greed, jealousy and betrayal. More
Casablanca is not only a legendary film from Hollywoood, it is also a real existing city of contrast, modern and archaic at once. Kamel, is a hired killer, who recieves his orders by internet. He usually calls Souad to make love after his hits and, each time, Kenza answers the phone. She directs the traffic in the mornings around the citys largest traffic island. Kamel soon finds himself falling in love with her voice. More
1981 - Morocco – The month of Ramadan. With her seven-year-old son, Mehdi, Amina moves in with her father-in-law, Ahmed. Mehdi’s father is in prison but the boy believes that he has gone to work in France: his mother and grandfather maintain this illusion for his sake. At school, Mehdi has the privileged task of looking after the teacher’s chair. His relationship with the village, his friends and the world revolves around this object. More