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Faouzi Bensaïdi • Director

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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.

Death For Sale [+see also:
film review
film focus
interview: Faouzi Bensaïdi
film profile
won the Golden Iris Award and the Cineuropa Prize at the 2012 edition of the Brussels Film Festival.


international title: Death for Sale
original title: Death for Sale
country: Belgium, France, Morocco
sales agent: UDI - Urban Distribution International
year: 2011
directed by: Faouzi Bensaïdi
cast: Fehd Benchemsi, Fouad Labiad, Mouhcine Malzi, Imane Elmechrafi

main awards/selection

Berlinale 2012 Panorama

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