Directed by Nabil Ayouch | Written by Jamal Belmahi and Mahi Binebine
US release date: May 14, 2014
Directed by Nabil Ayouch | Written by Jamal Belmahi and Mahi Binebine
With Abdelhakim Rachi, Abdelilah Rachid, Hamza Souidek
115 min, Drama, MOROCCO / FRANCE / BELGIUM, 2013

A drama set in the slums on the outskirts of Casablanca, and based on a horrific 2003 bombing, HORSES OF GOD is more a character study of young men growing up without hope than it is a portrait of terrorists-in-training. These are street kids from poor families where everyday violence, mental illness, corruption, and dope-dealing compete with fantasies of escaping to Western Europe to earn scads of money or dreams of making it as a professional soccer player. Then there is the lure of religious fanatics who blame their misfortune on “the imperialist Zionist conspiracy” and offer a “community of new brothers” to those who will submit to the discipline of martyrdom. Nabil Ayouch’s deeply moving film has been lauded for its “brutal poetry” and the realism with which it depicts how insidiously and cynically fundamentalists ply their trade.

The film competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Opens in the US on May 14, 2014

- Opens in New York on May 14, 2014 at Film Forum

US Distribution : KINO LORBER

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