Salvation Army
Filmfest 2014

German Age Rating

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A story in two parts – in the first, Abdellah is about 15 years old. He lives with his parents in Casablanca, Morocco, and discovers his homosexual feelings and also his desire to go to Europe. The first part is colorful and sunny and very North African.
The second part is set 10 years later in a grey and cold and very European Geneva. The protagonist is now a student but poverty-stricken and looking for shelter with the Salvation Army. The film does not feel like a film version of a book. It is beautifully shot – the camera work is by the famous Agnès Godard – and tells the stories soberly and effectively.

tags: Arab World, Francophone, Youth/ Coming of Age, Literature, Queer, Feature film

Cast: Said Mrini, Karim Ait M’hand, Amine Ennaji


Screenplay: Abdellah Taïa

Director of Photography: Agnes Godard

Film Editor: Françoise Tourmen

Sound: Henri Maikoff

Producer: Hugues Charbonneau

Production Company: Les Films de Pierre

Co-Producer: Marie Ange Luciani, Philippe Martin, Pauline Gygax, Max Karli, Frantz Richard

World Sales: Outplay

Director: Abdellah Taïa