By Hicham AYOUCH

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Drama - Completed 2014

Benjamin is a child living a war against the world. He has only known violence and social care homes. When his mother goes to prison, he learns that he has a father and goes to live with him in the suburbs of a city in France.

& Awards

Festival International du film de Marrakech 2013
Double interpretation prize for Slimane Dazi et Didier Michon
Festival du Film Arabe de Fameck 2014
Coup de coeur des lycéens
Festival du Film d'Alexandrie 2014
Best Script, Best actor
Festival du film de Tanger 2014
Special mention - Didier Michon
Festival Lumières d'Afrique de Besançon 2014
Festival du Film de Braunschweig 2014
Festival CinéMed de Bruxelles 2014
Festival Cinemafrica Stockholm 2014
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • FRENCH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Hicham AYOUCH
    • Writer(s)
    • Hicham AYOUCH, Aicha YACOUBI
    • EIDR
    • 10.5240/F28A-243C-4EAD-C57A-A6FD-E
    • Producer(s)
    • Natacha DELMON CASANOVA (La vingt-cinquième heure), Pierre-Emmanuel LE GOFF (La vingt-cinquième heure)
    • Synopsis
    • At only 13, Benjamin is a little soldier at war with life, with adults and with himself. He is a troubled kid
      with a tormented soul and goes back and forth into foster homes since the age of five.
      Eventually, his mother goes to jail and revels to Benjamin the existence of his father. For Benjamin there is just one goal; getting out of foster care. So when the social worker gave him the choice, he decides to go live at this unknown father’s place.
      Karim Zeroubi, his father, is a man in his forties and a warehouse worker for the city hall, he lives with
      his parents in the Parisian suburbs. Karim is a broken man who never made it out of that neighborhood,
      he is just content living his life, or better yet just waiting to die.

      Benjamin’s joining, has utterly turned his father’s and the whole family’s life upside down, his violence
      and extreme frailness scares his new family who does not know how to go about him. The kid who is
      an emotional truly-burly, is going to awake his grandparents, Kader and Zohra, who were in a grieving state since years.

      While randomly wandering in the area, he meets Claude, a poet who lives in a lost trailer on waste
      ground. Their relationship is based on surreal and poetic conversations, both of them are artists.

      Progressively, Benjamin starts opening up to the world and to his family, but mostly, he starts unveiling
      himself to him as well as to his art.

      And then, there is all the neighborhood, revolving around this family. Nounours, the building’s caretaker
      and Karim’s friend, who did not make it out of the hood either and carries a heavy secret. Mr. Teddy, an
      old racist of west-indie origin who does not like African people and throws bags full of shit on them.
      There is also another very present character, the hood itself; it holds in it all these vain hopes and lenient laments of all its inhabitants, but also their laughs and dreams.