BRUSSELS – Algerian feature-length drama “Abou Leila” directed by Amine Sidi Boumediene has been shortlisted to compete at the 19th Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival, which wraps up on December 7th, announced the event’s organizing body.
“Abu Leïla” – an Algerian-Franco-Qatari coproduction of 140 minutes – looks back on the tragic events of the 1990s, through the story of two young people in pursuit of Abu Leila, a dangerous terrorist fleeing into the Algerian desert.
Programed last May in Cannes in the “Critics’ Week” section, Abu Leila – Amine Sidi Boumediene’s first feature film – won several awards in India, Tunisia and Spain, among others.
“143 rue du désert”, a documentary by Hassen Ferhani, and “Papicha” by Mounia Meddour are scheduled out of competition festival opened Friday.
Founded in 1989, the Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival aims to bring the cultures of the Mediterranean countries together through cinema, according to its organizers.