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Abou Leila

In war-torn 1990s Algeria, two friends attempt to track down an infamous terrorist.

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Title: Abou Leila
Year: 2019
Directed by: Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
Premiere & awards: Cannes Critics' Week 2019, Competition
Produced by: Thala Films – Algeria
In co-production with: In Vivo Films – France
Countries: Algeria, France


Algeria, 1994. Civil war is raging for years in the North of the country, each day bringing its share of death and horrors. Police officers S. and Lotfi, two childhood friends, travel through the desert looking for Abou Leila, a dangerous terrorist on the run. In the immensity of the Sahara, their quest seems absurd, but Lofti has only one priority: to keep S. as far from the capital as possible, knowing his friend is too fragile to face more bloodshed. But the deeper they get into the desert, the more they are confronted with their own trauma and violence.

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Title: Abou Leila

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