Mimosas

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    Mimosas

    Directed by

    Spain, Morocco, France, Qatar

    2016

    93 min

    • Arabic

    Drama

    Karlovy Vary IFF

    A caravan escorts an elderly and dying Sheikh through the Moroccan Atlas. His last wish is to be buried with his close ones. But death does not wait. The caravaneers, fearful of the mountain, refuse to continue transporting the corpse. Saïd and Ahmed, two rogues travelling with the caravan, say they know the way and promise to take the corpse to its destiny. In another world, Shakib is chosen to travel to the mountains with a mission: to help the improvised caravaneers.

    Awards

    • Nespresso Grand Prize - La Semaine de la Critique
    • Golden Pyramid for Best Film - Cairo IFF
    • Special Mention - FIFDH
    • Special Mention - BAFICI

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Ahmed Hammoud
    Shakib Ben Omar
    Said Aagli
    Ikram Anzouli
    Ahmed El Othemani
    Hamid Fardjad
    Margarita Albores
    Hwidar
    Screenplay
    Oliver Laxe
    Santiago Fillol
    Cinematography
    Mauro Herce
    Editing
    Cristóbal Fernández
    Sales
    LUXBOX
    Production
    ZEITUN FILMS
    Production
    LA PROD
    Production
    ROUGE INTERNATIONAL

    Press

    This mystically-inflected travelogue ... will have a strong pull for aficionados of Arab-themed drama.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    Mimosas is born of the union between an adventure film and the portrayal of a worldly mysticism, which is a daring and risky approach that has spawned other brilliant works like Jauja by Lisandro Alonso and Birdsong by Albert Serra.

    Carlota Moseguí, Cineuropa

    Combination of spiritual musings and stunning landscapes.

    Ben Kenigsberg, Variety

    Mauro Herce’s excellent cinematography, can take one’s breath away.

    Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

    A sensual, engrossing watch.

    Ed Frankl, The Film Stage

    Laxe’s cinema is not pious, although it is a cinema of revelation.

    Jay Kuehner, Cinema Scope

    Mimosas is a challengingly static, dreamily mysterious and beautifully shot film.

    Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

    Oliver Laxe

    Oliver Laxe

    Spain

    Galicia, on the borders of Europe, is ambivalent and full of contrasts: at once sweet and rough, rainy and light. But above all mysterious. I tried to capture its extreme beauty, a beauty so intense and unpredictable that it knows no restraint.

    This son of Galician immigrants was born in Paris in 1982. He earned a degree in Audiovisual Communications from Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University before going on to London where he joined hands with Enrique Aguilar to shoot the short film Y LAS CHIMENEAS DECIDIERON ESCAPAR (2006), selected at Gijon IFF and at the East End FF in London. In 2007 he moved to Tangiers where he made the short film SUENAN LAS TROMPETAS, AHORA VEO OTRA CARA and the medium-length film, PARIS #1, shown at IndieLisboa and other festivals. He was invited at the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2009 and he also works at the film workshop for underprivileged children Dao Byed. This activity is at the origin of his first feature film, YOU ALL ARE CAPTAINS, presented in the Official Selection at Mar del Plata and winner of the FIPRESCI award of the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes 2010. In 2016 he returned to Cannes with his second feature, MIMOSAS, which won the Nespresso Grand Prize at the Semaine de la Critique. His latest film FIRE WILL COME (2019) won the Jury Award in Un Certain Regard competition in Cannes.

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