“Abu Leila,” “143 Desert Street” shortlisted for Entrevues Belfort Film Festival

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ALGIERS- Fiction feature films “Abu Leila,” by Amine Sidi Boumediene, and “143 Desert Street,” by Hassan Ferhani, have been shortlisted along with about ten productions to compete in the 34th Entrevues Belfort Film Festival, in France, in November 18-25, the event’s organizers said.

The Algerian-French-Qatari 140 minutes co-production, “Abu Leila” looks back on the tragic events of the 1990s, through the story of young Samir, played by Slimane Benouari, and Lotfi camped by Lyes Salem who stalk in the Algerian desert Abu Leila, a dangerous terrorist.

The film explores the impact of violence and its traumas on society.

Programed last May in Cannes in the section “Critics Week”, “Abou Leïla” is the first feature film by Amine Sidi Boumediene, after his two short films, “Demain Alger?” and “El Djazira”. Recently, it was screened at the 25th Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Hassen Ferhani’s first feature film, “143 Desert Street”, was premiered at the 72nd Locarno Film Festival where he received the “Emerging Director Award” and the “Junior Jury Award”.

Lasting 100mn, this Algerian-French-Qatari production tells the story of Malika, the manager of a modest restaurant on the desert road, in the depths of the Algerian Sahara, where road, adventurers and travelers.

Hassen Ferhani realized in 2016, “Fi rassi rond-point” (In my head a roundabout), a documentary with numerous distinctions in Algeria and abroad.

Released last August, “143 Desert Street” was also awarded at festivals in Egypt and South Korea.

Created in 1986, the Entrevues festival is dedicated to young, innovative and independent cinema.

A short and medium-length section with thirteen films is also open to the competition of this 34th edition.

APS

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