WRITTEN WOMAN Saturday, April 13 – 1:30pm

World Premiere
Lahcen Zinoun in attendance

Naïm, a renowned anthropologist, wants to make a film on beautiful Mririda, a Berber poet and courtesan who mesmerizes him. At the brothel where she used to go, Naïm is struck by the beauty, the sensuous tattoos of young prostitute Adjou. He immediately feels bound in his flesh and soul to Adjou, a kind of mirror image to Mririda. Adjou’s brutal murder triggers a police investigation. In his desperate search for truth, Naïm sways between a world of imagination and reality.
Lazcen Zinoun is the conductor of a film composed like a five-movement opus framed by tribal rituals and practices like the mysterious, erotic tattooing of women.
He sings the hymn of freedom for women to control their own bodies in a society still paralyzed by ancient codes. He films Fatym Layachi’s goddess-like body with the same poetry and lyricism as he does the sexual passion that enflames the lovers. 

A film steeped in poetry and luminous beauty tinged with Pasolini overtones!


Copresented by AMDT (Moroccan Association of Toronto)


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Walkup :

Every day from April 5-14, starting 1h prior to the screening: The Royal, 608 College Street

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Additional Info

  • Director: Lahcen Zinoun
  • Country: Morocco
  • Cast: Fatym Layachi, Isma El Kanatir, Abdelkrim Cheddati
  • Language: Arabic, subtitled in english
  • Runtime: 87mn
  • Year: 2012
  • Awards: Festival national du film marocain de Tanger 2012 : Meilleur scénario/ Meilleur son
  • Rating: R


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