Cannes Film Festival

Kamal Lazraq – Hounds #Cannes2023

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A very long night in Casablanca, where anything can happend.

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PODCAST | Federica Scarpa interviews Kamal Lazraq, director of the film Hounds.

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Interview with Kamal Lazraq, director of Hounds, first feature film, presented at the 76th Festival de Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section.

Hounds: The first feature film by director Kamal Lazraq, presented at the Cannes FIlm Festival in the Un Certain Regard section, is a road movie of a long night through the streets of Casablanca, where the two protagonists of the film, Hassan and Issam, father and son, try to make up for a job gone wrong. Lazraq tells us that the inspiration for Hounds came from listening to the people of Casablanca, the same amateur actors he later used in Hounds. “I have a very strong documentary approach in my films, and I need to listen to the people, to go to the streets.” On the streets of Casablanca, anything can happen, and sometimes it’s enough to be in a cafe to listen to the most incredible stories, like the one that inspired this film. Lazraq also talks about the most important lesson he learned from making his first feature film and the importance of the creative freedom that often comes from shooting a movie on the streets of a city like Casablanca with non-professional actors. A compelling film that plays with film genres such as noir, road movies, and drama but with a touch of magical surrealism that will enchant you.

  • Reporter
    Federica Scarpa
  • Guest
    Kamal Lazraq
  • Interviewee role
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  • Festival section
    Un Certain Regard
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