En attendant les hirondelles (Until the Birds Return). 2017. Algeria/France/Germany. Directed by Karim Moussaoui. In Arabic and French; English subtitles. 113 min.
New York Premiere
A property developer is witness to random street violence. A pair of secret lovers make their way across the desert. A doctor is accused of having a criminal past. In these three interconnected tales, exciting newcomer Karim Moussaoui—whom critics at Cannes compared to Abbas Kiarostami and Leos Carax—takes the pulse of modern-day Algiers, a country once riven by colonial occupation and sectarian warfare yet still abundant in beauty and promise.