DIRECTED BY: Maryam Touzani COUNTRY: Morocco, France YEAR: 2019 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Arabic SUBTITLES: German RUNNING TIME: 98 min

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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 lives.

Born in Tangier in 1980, Maryam Touzani spent her childhood in her hometown before pursuing university studies in journalism in London. Passionate about writing, she returned to Morocco after her studies and worked there as a journalist, specializing in Maghreb cinema. Quickly, she felt the need to express herself through her own films. In 2019 Maryam becomes a member of the Academy of Oscars. The same year, ADAM will be the official selection of Morocco for the Oscar race in the category of best foreign film.

Quand ils dorment (2012), Aya wal bahr (2015), Adam (2019)

SCRIPT: Maryam Touzani PRODUCER: Nabil Ayouch CINEMATOGRAPHY: Adil Ayoub EDITOR: Julie Naas CAST: Lubna Azabal, Nisrin Erradi

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