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by Bourlem Guerdjou


Accompanied by the finest purebloods and their riders, Mustapha, a nomad, goes to Marrakesh to participate in the Agdal, a prestigious horse race. But his journey is upset by the death of the mother of his child, an Amazon called Selma who had competed once in the Agdal disguised as a man. Mustapha finds himself saddled with looking after, his eleven year old daughter Zaïna, who he barely knows. This is when the past rears up in the person of Omar, rival de Mustapha’s rival for Selma’s love, and who Zaïna holds responsible for her mother’s death. War is declared between the father, the girl and Omar, who sets off in pursuit of them in the Atlas mountains.

international title: Zaïna, cavalière de l'Atlas
original title: Zaïna, cavalière de l'Atlas
country: France, Germany
sales agent: Rezo Films International
year: 2005
genre: fiction
directed by: Bourlem Guerdjou
film run: 100'
release date: FR 26/10/05, BE 22/02/06, DE 03/08/06
screenplay: Bourlem Guerdjou, Juliette Sales
cast: Sami Bouajila, Simon Abkarian, Aziza Nadir, Assaad Bouab, Michel Favory
cinematography by: Bruno de Keyzer
film editing: Joëlle Hache
art director: Laurent Allaire
costumes designer: Anaïs Romand
music: Cyril Morin
producer: Philippe Liégeois
production: Rezo Production, Prokino Filmverleih, France 3 Cinéma
backing: Centre National de la Cinématographie, Filmförderungsanstalt FFA
distributor: Rezo Films, Cinéart-Cinélibre (BE), Prokino Filverleih (DE)

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