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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #182. Kamal Lazraq’s Les meutes

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #182. Kamal Lazraq’s Les meutes

Les meutes

He made quite the impression with his first pair of shorts with the Cannes’ Cinéfondation competition winner in ’11 and a Clermont-Ferrand’s international comp winner in ’15, Kamal Lazraq moved into his directorial debut back in October of last year but he picked up steam prior to this as an Arte Kino International Award winner at the 2019 Atlas Workshops and via some support from The Gan Foundation folks in 2021. Les meutes takes place in the working-class suburbs of Casablanca and essentially places its leads between a rock and a hard place. Barney Production’s Saïd Hamich Benlarbi produced. Cinematographer Amine Berrada (The Unknown Saint) is onboard this project.

Gist: Set in the working-class suburbs of Casablanca where father and son Hassan and Issam try to get by on a day-to-day basis, involving themselves in a string of petty dealings for the local mob. One evening, a man they were supposed to kidnap dies accidentally in their car. Hassan and Issam find themselves with a body they need to get rid of.

Release Date/Prediction: The timing of a Venice Film Fest berth sounds about right – perhaps the Orizzonti section.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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