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US Premiere

Director: Nasser Bessalah

France, Algeria, 2023, 25 min

Festival Year:2024

Category:Narrative Short

Genres:Comedy, Drama, Road movie

Cast:Melha Bedia, Zine-Eddine Benyache

Crew:Producers: Justin Pechberty, Damien Megherbi.


In a small village of the Béjouï mountains, in North Algeria, Nouria meets Abdel, a French young man who lives and works in Algeria for months. After Abdel loses a bet against Nouria, they both ride their moped along the Mediterranean coast, expecting to get on the boat that will take them back to France.

About the director

Nasser Bessallah was born in Algeria in 1990, but his family moved to the Val de Marne in France when he was still young. At the age of 24, he passed a DAEU in literature, then began a degree in history. While filming a rap video, he met two actors, Julien Courbey and Paco Boublard, who suggested he join an artistic agency. He made a mini-documentary and short films in 'guerrilla cinema', before directing his first short fiction film, Rentrons (Back Home), with Melha Bedia in the lead role.

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