Faouzi Bensaïdi • Director
Cineuropa interviewed director Faouzi Bensaïdi whose third feature Death For Sale won the CICAE Award in the Panorama at the Berlinale and the Cineuropa Prize at the Brussels Film Festival..
Tetouan, the Atlantic port city in the north of Morocco. Three young men decide to rob a jewellery store. They are among the hopelessly unemployed street population of Morocco’s provincial cities, common thugs in the eyes of many but bound by solidarity and friendship. They see the heist as a means to break out of a cycle of poverty that weighs on their destiny like a life sentence. The noir motifs woven into Death for Sale constitute a poetic matrix through which director Faouzi Bensaïdi draws his incisive and intricate portrait of a city left to fend for itself, torn between smugglers and corrupt officials, and prey to extremism and dejection.