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ROUGH HANDS

AYADIN KHACHINA

  • Genre: DRAMA
  • Duration in minutes: 97 min.
  • Year of Production: 2011
  • Status: COMPLETED

Director(s)

MOHAMED ASLI

Category

FEATURE FILM

Country(ies)

MOROCCO

Shooting Language

ARABIC

Writer(s)

MOHAMED ASLI

Producer(s)

MOHAMED ASLI (DAGHAM FILM)

Cast

MOHAMED BASTAOUI
HOUDA RIHANI
ABDESSAMAD MIFATH LKHEIR
AMINA RACHID
AICHA MAHMAH
RACHID NEKMOUCHE

Cinematography

GIOVANNI BATTISTA MARRAS

Film Editing

RAIMONDO AIELLO

Original Music

STEPHAN MICUS
SARO COSENTINO

Production Design

MOHAMED BOUHFID

Log Line

 

Synopsis

Mustapha is a fortyyear-old barber in Casablanca. His clients are retired high-ranking government officials and power brokers in Morocco. On the side, Mustapha has an underground business "facilitating" paperwork, using his privileged access to these retired bigwigs to grease the wheels of bureaucracy. While his operation thrives, Mustapha keeps a shameful secret: he is illiterate, and has hired Said to assist him with managing appointments and tracking transactions.
Zakia, Mustapha's next door neighbour, is a thirty-year-old schoolteacher whose fiancé, Driss, has immigrated to Spain. Zakia longs to join Driss, but a visa seems impossible to secure. She learns that strawberry-picking season in Spain is imminent and a company is hiring Moroccan women to do the harvesting, granting them temporary work visas. The women have to be married with children and, most importantly, they must have rough hands. She asks Mustapha to forge her papers and gets her mother to concoct a special cream that will make her hands coarse. The papers are processed, but Zakia's hands fail the test….

Rough Hands, Mohamed Asli's follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut in Casablanca Angels Don't Fly, is a bold indictment of the kind of society produced by a corrupt police state, and a sharp study of how abuse can pervade both a system and everyday life. Asli's protagonists are neither thugs with a heart nor innocent victims; they are at once guilty and compelling, poor folk who bend the system in the pursuit of mundane aspirations, such as the simple need to secure a living.

 

Festivals and Awards

Toronto International Film Festival 2011 - Contemporary World Cinema - 8/19 sept 2011
Abu Dhabi Film Festival, New Horizons Competition - 13/22 oct 2011
Arabian Sights Film Festival - USA - 27 oct - 06 nov 2011
Göteborg International Film Festival - 27 jan - 06 feb 2012
Kosmorana Trondheim Film Festival - Norway - 19/25 mar 2012
Cleveland International Film Festival - USA - 22 mar – 01 apr 2012
Arab Film Festival - Germany - 02/09 may 2012
Galway Film Fleadh - Ireland - 10/15 july 2012
Internationales FilmFestival Mannheim/Heidelberg - Germany (8/18 November)
The Febiofest - XX Prague International Film festival 2013 - WORLD CINEMA PANORAMA section

 

 

Photogallery

Technical details

Colour COLOUR

Shot on 35MM

Format 35MM

Screen Ratio 1,85:1

Digital Betacam for broadcast Available Yes

Language version available ARABIC

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