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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
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Luss, warda al-rimal/Rose des sables / Rose of the Desert
Amongst Friend And Neighbours

An oasis lost in the Sahara desert over 700 km from Algiers. A society as yet based on secular rites. Its only connection with the city is a single daily bus. Moussa, armless by birth, lives there with his sister Zineb. Between them, they try to reconstruct a family unit destroyed by the war, a family they see as the dream of their idyllic childhood, when their parents took care of everything. Despite his lack of arms, and the fact that he can fend perfectly well for himself, Moussa loves letting his sister take care of him. Zineb is on the other hand terrified at the thought of marriage.
Algiers, 1949. Studied Architecture and Film in France, returning to his country in the mid-70s to work for the RTA (Algerian Radio-TV) and make his first short films. Luss, warda al-rimal/Rose des sables (1989), his opera prima, shows him to be an emerging talent, although he soon moved to Italy where he made almost all of his later works, ending to date with the ambitious Mirka (2000).
Mohamed Rachid Benhadj
Mohamed Rachid Benhadj, Maria Cristina Parterlini
Smaïl Lakhdar-Hamina, Mustapha Belmihoub
Mohamed Rachid Benhadj, Franca Marangelo
Maria Cristina Parterlini
Boubakeur Belaroussi, Dalila Helilou, Othmane Ariouet, Boumedienne Sirat
Running Time
110 m.
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