En Attendant les Hirondelles, Feature Film by Karim Moussaoui, Drama, 100min, HD, Color, FR/GER/ALG 2017

©Les Films Pelléas / Prolégomènes / NiKo Film / Arte France Cinéma / MK2 Films / CAD
funded by: Aide aux cinémas du monde, Aide à la coproduction franco-allemande, Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, Institut français, d’ARTE France, La Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma, Ministère algérien de la Culture, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Filmförderungsanstalt,  Nordmedia – Film und Mediengesellschaft, World Cinema Fund, Doha Film Institute, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Eurimages
Weltvertrieb: MK2 Films



Algeria today. Past and present collide in the lives of a newly wealthy property developer, an ambitious neurologist impeded by wartime wrongdoings, and a young woman torn between the path of reason and sentiment. Three stories that plunge us into the human soul of a contemporary Arab society.


Mohamed Djouhri, Sonia Mekkiou, Hania Amar, Mehdi Ramdani, Chawki Amari, Saadia Gacem, Hassan Kachach, Nadia Kaci



David Thion, Philippe Martin


Nicole Gerhards, Jaber Debzi


Karim Moussaoui


Karim Moussaoui, Maud Ameline


David Chambille


Thomas Marchand

Original Sound

Arnaud Marten

Production Design

Hamid Boughrara

Costume Design

Maya Benchikh 

Make-up Artist

Anke Thot



“A remarkably assured first feature”  
The Globe and Mail

On paper, it’s a hard act for a first-time director to pull off, but Moussaoui reveals a great skill for sidestepping the potential pitfalls, aided by a superb script (co-written by the director himself with Maud Ameline) and a high-quality mise-en-scène that works beautifully with the striking exteriors we see as the protagonists’ car continues its journey throughout the film.”

By hopping from one tale to the next, including a fourth tale that's just beginning, he emphasizes how many stories his country has yet to tell.” 
The Hollywoodreporter

Well observed and oddly sensuous”   
The Up Coming

There’s an observational authenticity that is refreshing in an audiovisual culture whose attempts at self-analysis are too often skewed by melodrama.”  


World Premier at 70th Festival de Cannes, Un Certain Regard

Fid Marseille, 2017
25th Filmfest Hamburg 2017, International Competition
Arabisches Filmfest Tübingen – Stuttgart
Festival du film arabe d’Oran, 2017, Goldener Wihr for Best Movie, Best Director, Best Debut
Melbourne International Film Festival, 2017
Sarajevo International Film Festival, 2017
Gramada International Film Festival, 2017