PÖFF : 2021 : BNFF

World premiere

Life Suits Me Well

Local title
Elu istub mulle hästi
Title in Russian
Жизнь удалась
Original title
La vie ma va bien
Director
Al Hadi Ulad-Mohand
Country
Morocco
Year
2021
Festival
25th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
First Feature Competition
Genre
romantic drama
Subject
love, support, family relations, disease

Mid-1990s, a little town in Morocco and a seemingly ordinary family. Fouad is dedicated to his work in local postal services. He is climbing network masts and tries to keep people’s connections running. He radiates warmth and is the soul of his family and local community. Until one day, his health begins to deteriorate and his mind starts to fade. Each day, his neurological disease gets worse and paralyzes his physical and mental health. Loved ones of Fouad are facing the challenge of reconciling the changing family dynamics and a fading life.

The film focuses on a woman whose husband is turning more and more into a child and a son who has to take on a parental role. With admirable strength, love and unity, they resist the twists and turns of life and learn to cope with the changes in Fouad as well as in themselves.

„Life Suits Me Well“ is a bold and honest film about the director’s personal experience, which he masterfully translates into visual language. Regardless of the tragic story, the author tells it with a certain lightness as well as precision of a mature director. The film is crowned by wide shots, beautiful landscapes and colours typical of Morocco.

Dora Lall

Director
Al Hadi Ulad-Mohand
Screenwriter
Al Hadi Ulad-Mohand
Cast
Samir Guesmi, Lubna Azabal, Sayed El Alami, Jalal Quarrioua
Producer
Karim Debbagh, Michael Dreher
DoP
David Quesemand
Editor
Patricia Rommel, Magdalena Winhart
Production
Kasbah Films
World sales
MPM Premium
Runtime
Language
Arabic
Subtitles
Estonian, English
Director
Al Hadi Ulad-Mohand

Al Hadi Ulad Mohand (snd 1975) õppis dokumentalistikat Pariisis (Ateliers Varan workshop). Pärast Pariisi Rahvusvahelise Filmikooli (EICAR) lõpetamist režii erialal osales paljudes Maroko ja välisriikide filmides režissööri assistendina, samuti on ta olnud monteerija assistent arvukates lühifilmides. Tema viimane lühifilm lavastajana, „The Fishermen's Break“ osales paljudel festivalidel, sh Locarno. „Elu istub mulle hästi“ on tema esimene täispikk film.

Best Film Award, grant of 5000 euros from National Geographic

Screenings

Hall 2 Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening080201 / Elu istub mulle hästi
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsAl Hadi Ulad-Mohand - Director, Karim Debbagh - Producer
Q&A duration
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Hall Athena Center
Screening102101 / Elu istub mulle hästi
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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Hall 8 Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening160601 / Elu istub mulle hästi
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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