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Clay Dolls

Clay Dolls

A Feature film by Nouri Bouzid

Release in France : 29/09/2004


    Omrane, 40, former domestic, feels liberated when he sets up a modest housekeeping business. He transports “maids of all work” in his delivery van from his native village – renowned for the women’s know-how in the arts of Berber pottery – to the nouveau riche families recently settled in the posh part of town.
    He vouches for the women’s safety and for their salaries to their parents.
    Rebeh, rebellious and beautiful, is his most exuberant employee. Although submerged by harsh housework, she gets caught on the breeze of freedom and the joys of life and takes off.
    She remains on Omrane’s conscience and he sets out to look for her in the city. He’s accompanied by Fedah, 9, one of his new girls who’s yet to find a job. The little girl discovers the city, modeling dolls from the lump of clay that she has brought along with her. Once they’re finished, she squashes them flat.

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Foreign production companies :

    Nouveau Regard, Soread 2M

    French distribution :

    Colifilms Distribution

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    The film was awarded the Oecumenical Jury Prize at the 2003 Fribourg International Film Festival, the Bayard d'Or for Best Actor and Best Actress, as well as the nomination for the Bayard d'Or for Best Film at the 2002 Namur International Festival of French-Language Film and the Audience Award at the 2002 Nantes Festival des Trois Continents.

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    Full credits (9)

    Sound Recordist :

    Faouzi Thabet

    Directors of Photography :

    Tarek Ben Abdallah, Gilberto Azevedo

    Production Manager :

    Hassen Daldoul

    Editors :

    Caroline Émery, Anita Fernandez, Benoît Bruwier, Ingrid Ralet

    Music Composer :

    Rabii Zamouri

    Screenwriter :

    Nouri Bouzid

    Camera Operator :

    Sofian El Fani

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Isabelle Buron

    Production Designer :

    Khaled Joulak

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Tunisia, Morocco

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    Minority French (France, Tunisia, Morocco)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 35 min

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    Dolby DTS

    Posters (1)


    Selections (2)

    BFI London Film Festival - 2003

    BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain, 2003)


    Films selected

    FIFF - 2002

    FIFF (Belgium, 2002)


    Official Competition


    FIFF - 2002

    FIFF (Belgium, 2002)

    Awards (2)

    Golden Bayard for Best Actress : Hend Sabri

    Golden Bayard for Best Actor : Ahmed Hafiane


    FIFF - 2002

    FIFF (Belgium, 2002)

    Team (2)

    Actor : Ahmed Hafiane

    Actor : Hend Sabri