Horses of God

Horses of God  {Les Chevaux de Dieu}
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Horses of God
Les Chevaux de Dieu
Morocco, 2012, 115 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France, Belgium
North American Premiere
Topics: Drama, History, Middle East
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Arabic English Sub-Titles

Inspired by the true story of a terrorist attack that took place in Morocco in 2003, "Horses of God" chillingly depicts how a notorious Casablanca slum becomes a breeding ground for terrorism. The narrative follows two brothers who live in Sidi Moumen over the course of a decade. In childhood, they seek out adventures and excitement, and have all the dreams for the future that come with youth, but ultimately, deprivation, machismo, wounded pride and powerlessness engender fanaticism.

Renowned director Nabil Ayouch ("Ali Zoua", PSIFF 2001) shot in a neighborhood similar to Sidi Moumen and worked with non-professional actors from the area to give his film a striking authenticity.

“Horses Of God is simply one of the very most powerful pictures that I have ever seen... Extraordinarily gripping and moving, the cinematic style is really breathtaking. I can’t remember being so blown away by the marriage of visuals and storytelling since the first time I saw Marty Scorsese’s Mean Streets and Bertolucci’s 'The Conformist' way back then.”
- Jonathan Demme

Winner: Best Director, Seattle Film Festival; Best Film, Valladolid Film Festival

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director

DIRECTOR: Nabil Ayouch
Producer: Nabil Ayouch, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Patrick Quinet,Eric van Beuren
Editor: Damien Keyeux
Screenwriter: Jamal Belmahi
Cinematographer: Hichame Alaouie
Music: Malvina Meinier
Principal Cast: Abdelhakim Rachid, Abdelilah Rachid, Hamza Souidek, Ahmed El Idrissi Amrani
Filmography: My Land (Doc, 2011)
Whatever Lola Wants (2007)
Ali Zoua: Prince of the Streets (2000)
Mektoub (1997)
Print Source: Wild Bunch

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