CASABLANCA BEATS (HAUT ET FORT) World Cinema

CASABLANCA BEATS (HAUT ET FORT)

North American Premiere

Morocco Official International Feature Film Oscar® Submission

Talent attending in-person screening: Nabil Ayouch (Director).

Based on director Nabil Ayouch’s own experiences opening a cultural center for young people in Casablanca, his new film depicts a group of Moroccan students trying their hand at rap with the guidance of a former rapper and navigating their way through differences in identity, religion and politics. As students and teacher find themselves in direct conflict with the social issues they explore through music, each of them must reckon with the decision to continue rapping or return to the silence of their previous lives. With a dynamic ensemble of first-time actors, Ayouch’s film brings a passionate perspective on a cathartic story with sincerity and depth for an audience of all ages. CASABLANCA BEATS encompasses the heart of youthful inspiration in this lyrical slice of life, as well as the discovery that self-expression cannot be curbed or controlled. –Payton Ewalt

Nabil Ayouch was born in Paris in 1969. In 1977, he directed his first feature, MEKTOUB. ALI ZAOUA (2000), which won 45 international awards, followed. In 2012, HORSES OF GOD was the official Moroccan submission to the 86th Academy Awards®. CASABLANCA BEATS (2021) premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Clemence Taillandier
Kino Lorber
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Details

Country: Morocco, France

Year: 2021

Director: Nabil Ayouch

Screenwriters: Nabil Ayouch, Maryam Touzani

Producers: Nabil Ayouch, Amine Benjelloun, Bruno Nahon, Alexandra Henochsberg

Directors of Photography: Amine Messadi, Virginie Surdej

Editors: Marie-Hélène Dozo, Yassir Hamani, Julia Grégory

Music: Mike Kourtzer, Fabien Kourtzer

Cast/Featuring: Meryem Nekkach, Anas Basbousi, Nouhaila Arif, Ismail Adouab

Running Time (minutes): 101

Language: Arabic

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SUPPORTED BY

Arab Media and Film Institute

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