Films screening at this event

Midnight Orchestra

Jérôme Cohen-Oliver
Gad Elmaleh, Hassan El Fad, Avishay Benazra
102 min

“Plunges you into the heart of a story about the quest for identity, love, and brotherhood that’s sprinkled with humor. Faultless casting.” – L’Economiste

The estranged son of a once famous Moroccan musician is unexpectedly transformed after returning to his homeland, in the bittersweet crowd-pleaser by writer-director Jérôme Cohen-Olivar. Like many Jews who fled domestic troubles, Michael Abitbol (Avishay Benazra) left Casablanca as a child during the racial tensions of the Yom Kippur War and never looked back. After years of silence and buried memories, the brooding son returns home to make peace with his past. With the help of a comical cab driver (Aziz Dadas) and a host of other quirky characters, he sets off on an adventure to track down the surviving members of his father’s orchestra and fulfill the old man’s dying wish, finding friendship and rediscovering his cultural roots along the way.

Winner: Ecumenical Jury Prize, Montréal World Film Festival