The latest feature film from Hassan Benjelloun (his 10th) "La Lune Rouge" ("The red moon") is Morocco’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award consideration.
One of Morocco’s most prolific filmmakers, Benjelloun’s filmography mostly focuses on social issues, dramatized, like the rights of women in a traditional society, in films like "Jugement d’une femme" (2000), and "Les lèvres du silence" (2001), as well as coming-of-age films like "La fête des autres "(1990) and "Yarit" (1993).
In "La Lune Rouge," characters are faced with overwhelming obstacles: a fictionalized biography of a man who overcame adversity (infirmity, poverty to start) with an unshakable faith and his immersion in the arts. it tells the story of Abdessalem Amer, a child prodigy who, although poor, blind, orphaned and sick, overcame all obstacles and handicaps to succeed as an artist and musician in the 1960s, and went on to create a new school of music described as "expressionist."
Last year, Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch’s " ("Les Chevaux De Dieu"God’s Horses"), which premiered at Cannes 2012, represent Morocco at the Academy Awards. Although it didn’t make the cut of nominees. It is streaming on Netflix, so check it out while you can!
Here’s a trailer for "La Lune Rouge" which, as of this post, has not American distributor: