10th HARD:LINE Film Festival: April 6th until April 9th 2023

Achoura

Director: Talal SelhamiMorocco 201895 minutesFSK 18 (unchecked)
Ostentor CinemaSun. 29.09.201914:00German premiere
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That is what it is about

Somewhere in the Moroccan hinterland, four friends like to scare each other - for fun, of course. But then one of the children disappears without a trace in an old building. Years later, the missing person reappears unexpectedly and confronts the old clique with their dark past. With him, an almost forgotten demon returns to the lives of the four friends and feasts on innocence and joy like an everlasting, all-devouring darkness!

What you should know

Children disappear, reappear, disappear again... And then there is this sinister demon. Of course, the story is reminiscent of Stephen King's ES. But instead of simply being a cheap imitation, ACHOURA unfolds a completely different fascination: For example, the story takes place in a mystical Morocco that has not yet been seen in the genre. On the other hand, ill-tempered demons are just that little bit meaner than grinning, howling pop culture clowns.
Original title: Achoura
Rights holder: Orange Studio
Language: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Sofiia Manousha, Younes Bouab, Omar Lotfi
Film Festivals: Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Cinepocalypse, Fantaspoa Film Festival, Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, Paris International Fantastic Film Festival

Direction

After MIRAGES, ACHOURA is the second feature-length film by French-Moroccan director Talal Selhami. The young filmmaker has always had little use for the genre films from his homeland. That is why he has made it his mission to make the first real Moroccan horror film. To this end, Selhami conjures up a mythical fiend that is utterly convincing and was a welcome guest at festivals worldwide with his second film.
Acoura, Director

Our guests at the film screening

Talal Selhami

For the screening, during the festival and for the award ceremony, the likeable director Talal Selhami was a guest, who not only wore a broad grin in front of him, but was also an open interlocutor for everyone.

>> Click here for the recorded interview!

Audience Award

Achoura was voted 1st place (4.31 points) in the feature-length category by our audience at the HARD:LINE Festival 2019.

The evaluation was based on a five-point system (1 = Nope!, 5 = Yeah!).

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