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Slaughterhouse-Two: Asmae El Moudir’s Moving into Rabat for “Holy Cow”

Slaughterhouse-Two: Asmae El Moudir’s Moving into Rabat for “Holy Cow”

Not to be confused with Louise Courvoisier’s excellent feature debut which just received its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section, The Mother Of All Lies helmer Asmae El Moudir might indeed be making the move into fiction for her next project. Screen Daily reports that the project the filmmaker brought to Cannes Residence is called Holy Cow, and she is currently considering it as her next directing gig. A jury member this year in the Un Certain Regard section, El Moudir was taking on meetings locking up future producer partners on the project which is still in the screenplay mode — the project falls in the comedy genre, thematically looks at violence and makes a point at not making a difference between sentient beings.

This tells the story of a man who, after years of unemployment, finally finds his first job as a truck driver transporting cattle for the Rabat slaughter houses. His first assignment is to transport a shipment of cows that have just arrived from Brazil but two cows escape. As mayhem ensues, the driver becomes the scapegoat.

We also learn that her other project is a hybrid documentary titled: Don’t Let The Sun Go Up On Me. This is described as “a true love story between a daughter and a father,” and is about Habib a father, trying to digitize around thirty VHS tapes he shot twenty years ago, to give to his daughter. These show her childhood face before her illness struck and she became a so-called ‘child of the moon.’

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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