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Written and directed by Djamila Sahraoui

In coproduction with Les Films de l'Olivier (Algeria)

France:Aramis Films

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A small abandoned house, isolated in the Algerian countryside.
Here, Ouardia has buried her son Tariq, a soldier, possibly killed by his own brother Ali, leader of an Islamist faction. Ouardia is under surveillance by a member of Ali's group, a man with an arm amputated after an explosion.
In this atmosphere of pain and dryness, life will gradually reassert itself.
Through the garden that will bloom again, Ouardia shows courage, work and perseverance. Thanks to her keeper, who is a victim too, and finally adopted by Ouardia. Thanks, above all; to the arrival of Malia's child... Malia, who was loved by the two brothers, and died during her childbirth.
But Ouardia's ordeals are not about to finish: Ali, her damned son, returns, gravely wounded...


Djamila Sahraoui

The guard
Samir Yahia

Ali Zarif


Djamila Sahraoui

First assistant director and casting director
Boris Vassallo

Director of photography
Raphaël O'Byrne

Sound designer
Sebastien de Monchy

Location manager
Rafik Zidi

Claudia Neubern

Catherine Gouze

Production designer
Mourad Zidi
Selections :
Venice Film Festival - Orrizonti Competition
Dubai International Film Festival
Amiens International Film Festival
2Morrow/Zavtra Festival of independant film in Moscow
Namur International Francophone Film Festival
Göteborg International Film Festival
Arab Film Festival of Oran
Birds Eyed View Film Festival
Palm Springs International Film festival
Kerala Film Festival
Aflam Sud Belgium Film Festival
Maghreb, Si loin, si proche Film Festival
Regards sur le cinéma algérien Film Festival
CinemAfrica Film Festival
Algiers International Film Festival
Panorama of Maghreb and Middle-East cinemas
31st Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran
23nd FESPACO in Ouagadougou official competition and opening film
Louxor African Film Festival
Arab Film Festival The Cinema Days of Beirut
Doha Film Institute
Geneva International Oriental Film Festival
Regards sur l’Algérie Evry
DiverCiné Ottawa
Leuven Afrika Film Festival
Tetouan International Mediterranean Cinema film festival
AfryKamera Film Festival
Flyng Broom International Women’s Film festival Ankara`
Cannes FIFP
Subversive Film Festival de Zagreb
Amsterdam's Arab FFl
Mujeres por África/Madrid
Rencontres Cinématographiques de Béjaia/Algeria
1st International Arab Cinema Meeting of Marseille
Brasilia International Film Festival
Povos Film Festival - Belo Horizonte
in Yaounde, Cameroon
Durban International Film Festival
International Images Film Festival for Women, Harare, Zimbabwe
Cordoba African Film Festival
Chicago IFF
Africa in Motion/Edinburgh, Scotland
Afrika Eye Film Festival, Bristol, England
Francophone Film Awards, Dakar 2013
Trinidad+Tobago Film Festival
African Cinema/Bellinzona, Switzerland
Festival Int'l du film d'Afrique et des île
Mill Valley Film Festival
Unabhaengiges FilmFest Osnabrueck
FI du F Francophone de Tübingen/Stuttgart
Afrikamera in Berlin
Tripoli/Lebanon Festival
Olhares do Mediterrâneo of Lisbon
Wales African Film Festival
Cairo International Women's Film Festival
Cinema: Oriente Médio/Sao Paulo
Afrika Film Festival of Leuven (Belgium)
African Lights Festival of Besançon (France)
Sousse International Film Festival
FilmInitiativ Koeln e.V.
Arabian Cinema Film Festival (Brazil)
Fribourg international film festival

Silver "Étalon de Yennenga" Award for best cinematography and special mention of the jury at the 23th FESPACO in Ouagadougou
Award for best sound at the independant film festival of Moscow.
Bayard D'or award at the Namur International Francophone Film Festival.
City Award at the Amiens International Film Festival,
Grand Prix at the Algiers International Film festival,
Best Director Award at the Oran Arab Film Festival,
FIPRESCI Award for the best feature film director in Dubai International Film Festival
"Best Film" award at the 8th African Film Festival in Poland
Premio Espressione Artistica at the Medfilm Festival of Rome
Special Jury Award at the African Lights Festival de Besançon
The student award Afrika Film Festival of Leuven


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