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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

Director: Faouzi Bensaïdi
Morocco   |   2006   |   94 minutes
Arabic and French, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis Souad is a prostitute whose best friend is Kenza, a tough traffic cop. Kamel is a stony-eyed contract killer who receives his hit orders via the Internet; he is also Souad's favorite customer. When Kenza falls in love with Kamel, the two begin a bizarre courtship doomed by their disparate lines of work, and a persistent cyber-snooping hacker who stumbles upon the site where Kamel receives his murderous contracts. Moroccan actor-director Faouzi Bensaïdi's promiscuously stylish film is a new vision of an old culture, unveiling an uncommon Casablanca caught in a world wide web of associations and consequences.

About the Director Faouzi Bensaïdi was born in Meknes, Morocco in 1967. After studying at the Rabat Institute of Dramatic Art, he began his career directing for the stage, and in 1997, he directed his first short film, The Cliff. His two subsequent shorts, The Wall and The Rain Line, won prizes at the Cannes International Film Festival, and the Venice International Film Festival. His first feature film, A Thousand Months, premiered in 2003. What a Wonderful World is his second feature film.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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Featured in the Global Lens 2009 film series.



CAST

Kenza - Nezha Rahil
Kamel - Faouzi Bensaïdi
Souad - Fatima Attif
Hicham - El Mehdi Elaâroubi
Hicham’s Father - Mohammed Bastaoui
Fatima - Hajar Masdouki

CREW:

Director - Faouzi Bensaïdi
Writer - Faouzi Bensaïdi
Producers - Laurent Lavolé, Isabelle Pragier, Bénédicte Bellocq, Souad Lamriki, Bettina Brokemper, Johannes Rexin
Cinematographer - Gordon Spooner
Editors - Faouzi Bensaïdi, Véronique Lange
Sound - Patrice Mendez, Tobias Fleig
Music - Jean-Jacques Hertz, François Roy

REVIEWS

“Set in a contempo Casablanca of vast contrasts, tale of a hit man falling for a traffic cop's voice covers the genre map while never taking itself too seriously, allowing for subtle comments on love, disillusion and today's Morocco to slip in almost without noticing.” –TimeOut London

“'What a Wonderful World' fascinates on a scene-by-scene basis, and is one of the most visually inventive films in recent memory.” –Cinemattraction

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

2008
SANTIAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LONDON AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

2007
Official Selection, ALEXANDRIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection, TARIFA AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection, JEONJU INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Time & Tide Section, ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
ISTANBUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MILAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
TROMSO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
VERONA AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
WASHINGTON D.C. INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

2006
Official Selection, DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
MARRAKECH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
RIO DE JANEIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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