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2021 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 10 - Nabil Ayouch Casablanca Beats

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2021 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 10 – Nabil Ayouch’s Casablanca Beats

2021 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 10 – Nabil Ayouch’s Casablanca Beats

Among the surprise selections for the Cannes Competition line-up, Nabil Ayouch’s Casablanca Beats (known in French as Haut et fort), and before that it two others trips to the fest consisted of 2012’s Horses of God (Les Chevaux de Dieu) – an Un Certain Regard selection and he co-wrote Maryam Touzani’s Adam (2019). This Moroccan film entry looks at a group of youths who are into hip-hop as if their lives depended on it.

Premiering late last night, our critics were rather lukewarm to the film with a current 2.7 average grade.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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