Screened as part of NZIFF 2004

A Thousand Months 2003

Mille mois

Directed by Faouzi Bensaïdi

Belgium / France / Morocco In Arabic with English subtitles
124 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay


Antoine Héberlé


Sandrine Deegen


Fouad Labied
Nezha Rahil
Mohammed Majd
Abdelati Lambarki


Cannes (Un Certain Regard), Melbourne, Edinburgh, Toronto, New York 2003


Le Première Regard (Best First Film), Cannes 2003


A little boy growing up in Morocco’s Atlas mountains stands at the centre of this panoramic view of village life.

“The imagery in A Thousand Months has a plaintive found-art beauty that Faouzi Bensaïdi, the director, uses as an elegant contradiction to the deftly woven story lines… The film takes place in 1981 in a small Moroccan village during Ramadan, and Mr Bensaïdi follows a family – Amina and her young son, Mehdi – as they arrive and move in with her father-in-law, Ahmed. Mr Bensaïdi builds up novelistic detail, catching the small changes and the impinging of the Western world on this village at a crucial time for it… A Thousand Months at first feels like a look at Mehdi’s life, a tale of what he must endure while growing up, but Mr Bensaïdi smoothly shifts his gaze to other things unfolding in the village… A Thousand Months contains a thousand tones, each playing off the others beautifully.” — Elvis Mitchell, NY Times