Emotionally numb since she lost her husband, Abla (Lubna Azabal, also at the Festival in Tel Aviv on Fire) has a chance meeting with pregnant, unmarried Samia who’s been living on the street. Reluctant at first to help, Abla agrees to hire Samia at her small bakery, but it doesn’t take long before Samia’s presence becomes essential. In her debut feature, writer/director Maryam Touzani captures the raw emotions of her two lead characters by diving below the surface and exposing their inner struggles, emphasized by the deeply compelling and layered performances. With its intimate cinematography and economical dialogue, Adam explores with powerful subtlety two women scarred by different traumas who support each other, and the positive impact they have on each other’s lives.
Winner: Roger Ebert Award, New Directors Competition, Chicago; Best First Feature, Philadelphia; Best Actress, Durban; Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Carthage
In competition for the FIPRESCI Prize
|Cast:||Lubna Azabal, Nisrin Erradi, Douae Belkhaouda, Aziz Hattab, Hasnaa Tamtaoui|
|Language:||in Arabic with English subtitles|
|Running Time:||101 minutes|
|Awards:||Roger Ebert Award, Chicago International Film Festival; Best First Feature, Philadelphia Film Festival|
|Primary Company:||Strand Releasing|