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SFFILM Festival

Abou Leila

Directed by Amin Sidi-Boumédine

Algeria | Fiction | 133

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Film Available to Stream

Fri, Apr 9 at 12:01 am – Sun, Apr 18 at 11:59 pm PST


Phantasmagoric and intense, this drama 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.
*Part of the 2020 Flashback Spotlight

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.


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Film Details

Language Arabic

Year 2019

Premiere California

Runtime 133

Country Algeria/France/Qatar

Director Amin Sidi-Boumédine

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

Executive Producer Joe Flores

Writer Amin Sidi-Boumédiène

Editor Amin Sidi-Boumédiène

Cinematographer Kanamé Onoyama

Cast Slimane Benouari, Lyes Salem, Azouz Abdelkader