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Nabil Ayouch’s “Casablanca Beats” in Official Competition at Cannes Film Festival

Written by FDM

Nabil Ayouch’s new feature film, selected in the official competition at the Cannes Film Festival, thus becomes the first Moroccan film in history to compete for the prestigious Palme d’Or.

After the selection at Cannes for his films “Les Chevaux de Dieu” in 2012, in the ‘Un certain Regard‘ category, and “Much Loved” in 2015 at the Directors’ Fortnight, it is now time for Ayouch’s new film, “Haut et Fort” (English title: “Casablanca Beats”), to be selected in Cannes, this time in the Official Competition.

A first for a Moroccan film which competes for the Palme d’Or alongside films by filmmakers such as Jacques Audiard, Wes Anderson, Nanni Moretti, Asghar Farhadi, or Paul Verhoeven. This year around 2,300 films were viewed by the selection committee, compared to 1,700 in the previous edition. “It’s a once in a lifetime moment. I am so happy, for the film, for the team, for the actors who gave everything, for the Moroccan cinema, and for Morocco. The cry of this youth will be heard. It is important and it is beautiful ”, said Ayouch after the announcement.

Casablanca Beats” is fiction, aligned with the work of observation and introspection that Ayouch has been known for for years in his work. Written in collaboration with Maryam Touzani, the film is a tribute to Moroccan youth, and is performed mainly by Anas Basbousi, as well as Ismail Adouab, Meryam Nekkach, Nouhaila Arif, Abdou Basbousi, Zineb Boujemaa, Soufiane Bellali, Mehdi Razzouk, Amina Kanan, Samah Baricou, Maha Menan, Marwa Kniniche, Marouane Bennani and Abderahaman Errahmani.