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Part of SFFILM Festival

Abou Leila

Directed by Amin Sidi-Boumédiène

Algeria | Fiction | 135

11 Apr
Sat, Apr 11, 2020 at 8:30 pm
Creativity Theater
Creativity Theater 221 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
12 Apr
Sun, Apr 12 at 4:15 pm
The Theater at Children's Creativity Museum
16 Apr
Thu, Apr 16 at 8:45 pm
Roxie Theater


Phantasmagoric and intense, Abou Leila is set during Algeria’s bloody conflict of the 1990s. Childhood friends Lotfi and S, one of whom is in pursuit of a (possibly imaginary) terrorist named Abou Leila, take a trip into the Sahara. As their journey progresses, what is real and what isn’t becomes increasingly slippery as terrifying visions share cinematic space with quotidian events. After a multiple murder, the increasingly delirious S sets off by himself and heads even deeper into the desert with Lotfi in pursuit.

“This intentionally disorienting work … is literally and figuratively a trip that isn’t only captivating but tries to take its viewers captive. Not interested in naturalistic conventions or historical recreations, Sidi-Boumèdiéne instead uses the world of dreams and the tools of cinema to try and approximate the complex headspace of those finding themselves stuck in a bloody and entirely absurd conflict, seemingly without a way out.” –Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

Director Amin Sidi-Boumédine

A graduate of Conservatoire Libre du Ciné Français, Amin Sidi-Boumédine is an editor, writer, and director. His films include the shorts Demain, Alger? (2011) and Al Djazira (2012). Abou Leila, winner of the New Waves Award at the Seville European Film Festival and the Silver Méliés Award at the Neuchâtel Fantastic Film Festival, is his first feature.



Film Details

Language Arabic, Tamasheq, French

Year 2019

Runtime 135

Country Algeria/France/Qatar

Director Amin Sidi-Boumédiène

Producer Fayçal Hammoum, Yacine Bouaziz, Louise Bellicaud, Claire Charles-Gervais

Writer Amin Sidi-Boumédiène

Editor Amin Sidi-Boumédiène

Cinematographer Kanamé Onoyama

Cast Slimane Benouari, Lyes Salem, Azouz Abdelkader