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HEADBANG LULLABY

by Hicham Lasri

synopsis

Casablanca, June 11, 1986 – the day of the World Cup. After yet another blunder, embittered cop Daoud is sent by his dissatisfied superiors to spend the day on a bridge between two warring neighbourhoods in order to protect the hypothetical passage of a royal procession. A prisoner of the bridge, Daoud will be transformed by contact with the inhabitants of both villages. He will learn maturity after spending time with a five-year-old child and a mother who upheld her dignity, despite having had her head shaved by the secret police. This apparently normal day made up of absurd waiting, improbable encounters and brutal poetry takes place under the giant shadow of a messianic monarch whose passage disturbs the delicate balance of a motley population.

international title: Headbang Lullaby
original title: Darbat fi alrras
country: France, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar
year: 2017
genre: fiction
directed by: Hicham Lasri
film run: 111'
screenplay: Hicham Lasri
cast: Aziz Hattab Moqadem, El Jirari Benaissa, Latefa Ahrrare, Adil Abatorab, Salma Eddlimi, Zoubir Abou El Fadl
cinematography by: Charles-Hubert Morin
film editing: Mona-Lise Lanfant
art director: Rachid Joundoul
music: Wissam Hojeij
producer: Thomas Guentch, Mikael Clouet, Rita El Quessar
production: Les Films de l’Heure Bleue, Pan Production (MA)
backing: CNC (Aide aux Cinémas du Monde et Aide à la musique), Centre Cinématographique Marocain, Région Bretagne, Fonds Image de la Francophonie, Doha Film Institute