Arab co-production Headbang Lullaby to screen at Berlinale Panorama

Ahram Online , Thursday 26 Jan 2017

The Berlinale Film Festival will run from 9 to 19 February

Headbang Lullaby
Headbang Lullaby (photo: film still)

The Moroccan-French-Qatari-Lebanese co-production Headbang Lullaby is set to screen in the Panorama section of the Berlinale Film Festival.

The Panorama section includes 18 feature films (the Main Programme), 16 documentaries from around the world (Dokumente) and 14 independent films from the United States (Special); all celebrating their world or European premieres. The aim of the section is to find the balance between artistic vision and commercial interests, as the target audience includes film buyers.

Headbang Lullaby will be screened as part of the Panorama’s Main Programme. The film, which was written and directed by Hicham Lasri, is set in Casablanca in 1986 during the World Cup.

A policeman named Daoud has to spend the day on a bridge between two neighbourhoods in order to assure the safety of a royal procession which may pass by the area. The story shows Daoud’s life-changing contact with inhabitants of both villages, and reveals what life is truly like in the Moroccan monarchy.

Hicham Lasri is a Moroccan director, born in 1977 in Casablanca. He took an interest in cinema while studying law, and pursued studies in television and advertising.

He went on to direct several short films before releasing his first feature film The End, in 2011. Many of Lasri’s works address social issues in Morocco and the Arab World. His film The Sea is Behind was screened at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival.  

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