Kindil el Bahr
Directed by Damien Ounouri
During a beach outing with her family, a young mother is drowned by a group of men while swimming offshore. Anxiety and fear take hold of her family as well as the townspeople, especially as, soon after, other swimmers mysteriously start to die. Screened at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight, 2016.
Algerian director Damien Ounouri is based in Algiers. He studied film at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris, while developing his cinema practice in an autodidact way. His graduate film project on Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-Ke, XIAO JIA GOING HOME (2008), was selected for several international film festivals.
96 minsThree daring films from the Arab World that span across the Maghreb, the Levant, and the Gulf that push the boundaries of narrative storytelling towards more experimental considerations of visuality, performance, and genre. Moving through the registers of magical realism, absurdist psychodrama, and feminist monster movie horror, this selection will test the viewer's powers of perception while leaving room for shocking, even if, strange surprises.