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by Faouzi Bensaïdi


Mille Mois explores a little-known aspect of Maroccan history. Mehdi, a 7-year-old boy, and his mother, Amina, move in with Amina’s father, Ahmed. The adults tell Mehdi that his father has gone to work in France: he is actually in prison. Mehdi is given the privilege at school of being promoted monitor, a role he takes very seriously and his jealous classmates turn against him. As if that were not enough, life in their village is getting tougher by the day: a severe drought is killing the crops.

international title: A Thousand Months
original title: Mille mois
country: France, Belgium, Morocco
sales agent: Fortissimo Films
year: 2003
genre: fiction
directed by: Faouzi Bensaïdi
film run: 124'
release date: FR 01/10/2003, BE 21/01/2004
screenplay: Faouzi Bensaïdi
cast: Faouzi Bensaïdi, Fauad Labied, Nezha Rahil, Mohamed Majd, Mohamed Bastaoui, Abdelati Lambarki
cinematography by: Antoine Héberlé
film editing: Sandrine Deegen
art director: Véronique Melery, Naïma Bouanani
costumes designer: Emma Bellocq
producer: Laurent Lavolé, Isabelle Pragier, Diana Elbaum
production: Gloria Films Production, Entre Chien et Loup, Agora Films (MA)
distributor: MK2 Distribution, Cinéart (BE)

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Cannes 2003Un Certain Regard (selection), "Premier Regard" Award

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