ADAM New Auteurs



Talent attending: Maryam Touzani (Director)

Samia, heavily pregnant and alone, walks the streets of Casablanca knocking on doors, seeking shelter and work. With an illegitimate child on the way, Moroccan society has shunned her until Abla, a modest baker and single mother of an eight-year-old girl, reluctantly takes her in. Abla’s daughter enjoys Samia’s company in their home despite her mother’s hostility. Over time, the women transcend their mutual stubbornness by revealing their inner struggles to one another and transform their lives by extending compassion and understanding.

Maryam Touzani’s debut feature crafts a delicate tale of love through a confident female gaze, revealing the imperfections and beauty of motherhood. A festival darling following its premiere at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, ADAM is a heartfelt journey of female friendship and fortitude. –Sarah Harris

Director, screenwriter and actress Maryam Touzani spent her childhood in her native Tangier before pursuing a university degree in London. WHEN THEY SLEPT (2012), her first short film, was selected by a number of prestigious international festivals and received a total of 17 awards. In 2015, her second short, AYA GOES TO THE BEACH, continued on the same path and won Cairo’s Audience Award among its many prizes. Together with her husband, director Nabil Ayouch, Touzani worked on the development of the script and on the set of his much-acclaimed feature MUCH LOVED (2015). She also co-wrote and appeared in a leading role in Ayouch’s most recent film RAZZIA (2017). ADAM marks Maryam Touzani’s feature film directing debut.

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Country: Morocco, France

Year: 2019

Director: Maryam Touzani

Screenwriter: Maryam Touzani

Producer: Nabil Ayouch

Director of Photography: Virginie Surdej

Editor: Julie Naas

Production Designer: Pilar Peredo

Cast/Featuring: Lubna Azabal, Nisrin Erradi, Douae Belkhaouda

Running Time (minutes): 98 min

Language: Arabic