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Filmmaker Karim Moussaoui in the US and Canada

Filmmaker Karim Moussaoui will tour the US and Canada to present his film Until the Birds Return. Nominated at Un Certain Regard at the 2017 Cannes Festival, Karim Moussaoui’s formally ambitious, insightful debut weaves loosely related stories of contemporary Algeria into a seamless three-part structure to reflect on his country’s past, present, and future. With echoes of Chekhov, he captures the challenges faced by several generations of Algerians searching for connection in a country divided by war and sectarian conflict. Moussaoui’s studied vision of the happenstance of everyday life recalls the understated rigor of masters such as Krzysztof Kieślowski and Abbas Kiarostami while exhilarating flights of fancy lend hopefulness and joy to solemn themes. With Until the Birds Return, Moussaoui has positioned himself as a major new voice on the international film scene.

An intriguing first feature from writer-director Karim Moussaoui that explores the damaged emotional landscape of his homeland. At times recalls Abbas Kiarostami’s Through the Olive Trees.” — HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Karim Moussaoui is an Algerian director. His short film, The Days before, directed in 2013, has been nominated for the Cesar Awards for shorts in 2015 and received the Grand Prix du Jury at  the Angers Festival in 2014. For Until The Birds Return, Karim Moussaoui was the 2016 winner of the Fondation Gan pour le cinéma.


« Until the Birds Return » is part of Young French Cinema, a program of UniFrance & the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.


Until the Birds Return (En attendant les hirondelles)
Directed by Karim Moussaoui
Year: 2017
France/Germany/Algeria/Qatar
Runtime: 113 mins
In Arabic and French with English subtitles
Each screening will be followed by a discussion with the director, Karim Moussaoui.

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