Urban Distrib - Masquerades
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By Lyes Salem

Country: France, Algeria

Language: Arabic

Casting: Lyes Salem, Sarah Reguieg, Mohamed Bouchaïb, Rym Takoucht, Merouane Zmirli, Mourad Khen

Production year: 2008

Runtime: 01h32

Production company: Dharamsala

In a small village somewhere in Algeria, Mounir a small-time gardener is frustrated and ashamed of his status as the laughingstock in his community. When he finds out that people were mocking his narcoleptic sister, Rym, once again, he storms out in a drunken rage and exclaims that Rym is in fact engaged to be married to a European business mogul. He soon becomes the center of desire and jealousy. With the lie out in the open, the family is forced to continue this farce to retain their newfound attention and praise. Without realizing it, Mounir will change the destiny of his family and of his community.

Dubai 2008 – Best film & Fipresci award

Cairo 2008 – Best film

Namur 2008 – Audience award & Junior jury award

Fespaco 2009 – Bronze stallion

Göteborg 2009 – Critic’s week

Tribeca 2009 – Panorama