Abla runs a modest local bakery from her home in Casablanca where she lives alone with her 8 year old daughter Warda. Their routine of housework and homework is interrupted one day by a knock on the door. It is Samia, a young woman looking for a job and a roof over her head. The little girl is immediately taken with the newcomer but her mother initially refuses to allow a pregnant stranger into their home. Gradually, however, Abla’s resolve softens and Samia’s arrival begins to offer all of them the prospect of a new life.
Born in 1980, she spent her childhood in her native Tangier before pursuing a university degree in London. When They Slept (2012), her first short film, was selected by a number of prestigious international festivals and received a total of 17 awards, including Seminci, where it screened as part of a retrospective dedicated to Moroccan cinema of the 21st century. In 2015, her second short, Aya Goes to the Beach, continued on the same path and won Cairo’s Audience Award among its many prizes. Together with her husband director Nabil Ayouch, Touzani worked on the development of the script and on the set of his much-acclaimed feature Much Loved (2015). She also co-wrote and appeared in a leading role in Ayouch’s most recent film Razzia (2017). Adam marks her feature film directing debut.
Thursday 24: Calderón Theater, 12.00 hours (Press
preference pass) / Calderón Theater, 18.15 hours
Friday 25: Carrión Theater, 16.30