Algeria's Official Submission for the Oscars and an International Award Winner
Until the End of Time Competes in the Long Narrative Competition at the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF)
Until the End of Time by director Yasmine Chouikh is set to take part in the 8th Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) (March 15-21), within its Long Narrative Competition. The film will screen on Saturday, March 16th, at 02:00 PM in the Conference Hall and at 06:00 PM in Abu Haggag Square.
Regarded as one of the foundation's most important projects, the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) is organized by the Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF), which is a non-profit entity that is registered at the Ministry of Social Solidarity. The Festival aims to support and encourage African films production and the partnership between continent countries, and promote the city of Luxor through cultural and artistic events.
In the remote cemetery of Sidi Boulekbour, Ali, an elderly gravedigger, meets 60-year-old widow Johar, who is visiting her sister's grave for the first time after the death of her husband. Johar wants her final resting place to be next to her sister, so she decides to organize her own funeral and asks Ali to help her.
Until the End of Time has won numerous awards so far, including the Wihr d'Or at the Oran International Arabic Film Festival, the Southern Film Award at the Brussels Film Festival in Belgium, the Golden Dagger and the Best Actor Award at the Muscat International Film Festival, in addition to the Award for Best Male Performance to the film's lead Djillali Boudjemaa at the Festival International du Film de Femmes de Sal√© in Morocco.
Written and directed by Yasmine Chouikh and starring Djillali Boudjemaa, Mohamed Benbakreti, Imen Nouel, and Mohamed Takiret, Until the End of Time was Algeria's official submission to the Academy Awards last year, and it took part in the Dubai International Film Festival. MAD Solutions is handling the film's distribution in the Arab world.
Yasmine Chouikh is an Algerian writer and filmmaker. After obtaining a degree in psychology, she began her career as an actress in the film The Citadel (1987) by director Mohamed Chouikh. In 1990, she took part in a made for TV film by director Djamel Bendedouch, followed by Hamlet of Women by Mohamed Chouikh in 2004. She has written many articles for the culture pages of the daily newspaper, L'Authentique, and has been presenting a cinematographic television programme on the National Algerian Radio since 2005.
She has written several short film scripts and directed the two films El Bab (The Door) and The Djinn. She is the Artistic Director of the International Taghit Short Film Festival and has been in charge of short films at the Oran International Arabic Film Festival.