Berlinale

Death for Sale

Synopsis
Tetouan, a city wedged between a hill and an imposing mountain. Malik, Allal and Soufiane are three friends who live off small crimes. One day, they decide to change their lives and their destinies. They are going to rob a large jewelry store in the city.
But soon, it turns out that their motivations for the robbery diverge and set them against each other.

Director’s note
Three losers, dreaming of a better life, see this dream inescapably disappear before their eyes, revealing to all the cowardly acts, the betrayals and the pettiness of the human soul. They will realise that they aren’t strong enough to live out their dreams, that they don’t have the dimensions of the people they dreamed of becoming and that they will pay a heavy price in their fight against the powerful forces of money, greed, destiny, blind love and the manipulation of faith.


World premiere
Toronto International Film Festival 2011, Contemporary World Cinema section

Key festivals and awards
Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011
Marrakech International Film Festival 2011
Berlin International Film Festival 2012
Cineuropa Prize and Golden Iris
Brussels Film Festival 2012
Sydney Film Festival 2012
Melbourne International Film Festival 2013

Morocco 2011
Director: Faouzi Bensaïdi
Producers: Agora Film (Morocco), Entre Chien et Loup (Belgium), Heimatfilm (Germany)
German WCF partner: Heimatfilm
World sales: Urban Distribution International (France

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2010
Funding Amount: 30,000 €