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Panorama Special

Headbang Lullaby


Salma Eddlimi (Actress), Hicham Lasri (Director, Screenwriter), Wissam Hojeij (Score Composer), Mona-Lise Lanfant (Editor), Thomas Guentch (Producer), Moderation: Andreas Struck

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On 11 June 1986, one day after Morocco wrote football world cup history by scoring a surprising victory over Portugal, government official Daoud is ordered to secure a bridge outside Casablanca that sits between two hostile communities over an empty highway. Here, he is to await the expected but by no means certain visit of King Hassan II. Encounters with government supporters and the families of political prisoners; the mysterious appearance of a foreign woman and a Berber, as well as the story of a football crazy boy all prove to be a bit much for Daoud. Ever since the bloody ‘bread riots’ five years earlier, he has felt paralysed. But the euphoria and the hope he encounters here help to lift his mood. The Moroccan team’s success unleashes a new self-confidence and lust for life that transcends the surreal shadow of the monarchy. As in Starve your Dog, Hicham Lasri takes another critical look at his country’s history, creating a visually stunning, iridescent, psychedelic fairy tale full of absurd situations above which a mercilessly oppressed people rises.

Hicham Lasri

Morocco / France / Qatar / Lebanon 2017


111 min · Colour


Aziz Hattab (Daoud)
Latefa Ahrrare (Rita)
Zoubir Abou el Fadl (Lotfi)
El Jirari Benaissa (Moqadem Coca)
Salma Eddlimi (Leila)
Adil Abatorab (Larbi)
Zoubida Akif (Amina)
Jaouad Sayeh (Moqadem Bibsi)
Nacer Mdaghri (Ali)
Saadia Marrakchia (Houira)


Written and directed by
Hicham Lasri
Director of Photography
Charles-Hubert Morin
Mona-Lise Lanfant
Wissam Hojeij
Patrice F. Mendez
Production Design
Rachid Joundoul
Amal Benayad
Ghita Lahlou
Amine Louadni
Assistant Director
Amina Saadi
Executive Producer
Mickaël Clouet
Thomas Guentch, Mickaël Clouet
Rita El Quessar


Hicham Lasri

Born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1977, he studied economy and law then wrote theatre plays, novels and screenplays before turning to film. In 2011 he made his debut feature The End, about the last days of King Hassan, which was critically acclaimed. In They are the Dogs (2013) he drew parallels between the 2011 Arab Spring and the 1981 ‘bread riots’ in Morocco. The work on this film, produced by noted Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch, was supported by the Cannes Film Festival’s ACID programme. His films The Sea is Behind and Starve your Dog both screened in the Panorama.


2011 The End 2013 C’est eux les chiens (They Are the Dogs) 2014 The Sea is Behind; IFB Panorama 2015 Starve Your Dog; IFB Panorama 2017 Headbang Lullaby

Produced by

Les Films de l'Heure Bleue
Rennes, France
+33 633 531636

Pan Production
Casablanca, Morocco
+212 661 948638

World sales

Paul Thiltges Distributions
Kehlen, Luxembourg
+352 25039310