Films Boutique, Ad Vitam Take Un Certain Regard’s ‘Adam,’ from Maryam Touzani (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety | 5/8/2019 | John Hopewell
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MADRID — Berlin-based Films Boutique has acquired international sales rights to Maryam Touzani’s Cannes Un Certain Regard women’s drama “Adam,” the feature debut of the Moroccan screenwriter-director who co-wrote Nabil Ayouch’s 2017 hit “Razzia,” in which she also starred.

In early distribution deals on “Adam,” Ad Vitam has acquired French distribution rights and Cinéart those to Benelux.

Women - Tale - Friendship - Rebirth - Oppression

A women’s tale of friendship, rebirth and oppression, “Adam,” which world premieres at the Cannes Festival. It turns on the chance but life changing and enhancing encounter in Casablanca’s Medina between Samia, a heavily pregnant, single young woman down from the countryside to have her soon-to-be-born child adopted, and Abla, a widow with a vivacious eight-year-old daughter who has set up a bakery in her home to make ends meet.

Abla takes Samia in; Samia introduces Abla to some secrets of traditional Moroccan pastries, taught to her by her grandmother, such as rziza – which sells like hot cakes in the Medina.

Adam - Backbone - Journey - Protagonists - Death

“Adam’s” narrative backbone, however, is the inner journey of its two protagonists. After the death of her husband, Abla has retreated into herself, works round the clock, is a severe disciplinarian mother. With Samia’s encouragement, she gradually rediscovers part of the joy of living.

Samia’s inner journey is in someways the reverse, towards a sense, instilled by Abla, that, though having child born out of wedlock is a ghastly dishonor in conservative Morocco fir mother, child and family, she should not take the decision to give her child up lightly.

Pressure - Woman - Samia - Judgment

“The pressure a woman such as Samia has to withstand is hardly bearable; the judgment inflicted on her and on...
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