The Damned Don’t Cry
U25 & Students
Disabled or Unwaged
Director: Fyzal Boulifa
Cast: Abdellah El Hajjouji, Antoine Reinartz, Aicha Tebbae
Duration: 112 mins
"★★★★★ – sad and brilliant story of striving souls in Morocco" – Financial Times
"★★★★ – a painterly triumph" – Observer
★★★★ – Radio Times
Fyzal Boulifa’s (Lynn + Lucy) powerful sophomore feature follows teenager Selim (El Hajjouji) and his mum Fatima-Zahra (Tebbae) as they adopt a near-nomadic lifestyle, constantly running away from the scandals she finds herself caught up in.
As Selim verges on adulthood, he resolves to get a job so that they might not have to run any more. He finds himself following more closely in his mother’s footsteps than he had hoped, and finds out an agonising truth she had kept from him.
The story takes shape as a poignant and humanistic diptych from the critically acclaimed British-Moroccan filmmaker.