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by Faouzi Bensaïdi


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. Malik, a dashing 26-year-old man, is in love with Dounia, a cabaret dancer. He wants start-up capital to help rescue her from a life of prostitution and make a new future for them as a couple. Allal, the toughest of the three, wants fast cash to stake a solid entry into the business of drug-smuggling. Impish high-school dropout Soufiane, the young­est of the group, has his own motives for wanting to kill the jewellery store owner. But the plan goes awry and the men’s destinies splinter.

international title: Death for Sale
original title: Baya Al Maut
country: Belgium, France, Morocco
sales agent: Urban Sales
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Faouzi Bensaïdi
release date: FR 21/08/2013
screenplay: Faouzi Bensaïdi
cast: Fehd Benchemsi, Fouad Labiad, Mouhcine Malzi, Imane Elmechrafi, Faouzi Bensaïdi
cinematography by: Marc-André Batigne
film editing: Danielle Anezin
art director: Itaf Benjellou
costumes designer: Nezha Razi
music: Richard Horowitz
producer: Sébastien Delloye
production: Entre Chien et Loup
distributor: UDI - Urban Distribution International

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