The Narrow Frame of Midnight (Itar el-Lay) | Opening night film

Fri 31 Oct l 18:30 l Hackney Picturehouse

Dir. Tala Hadid, with Fadwa Boujouane, Hocine Choutri, Khalid Abdalla, Marie-Josée Croze

Morocco/France/UK, 2014, French/Arabic with English Subtitles93min, Colour, DCP

This dazzling debut feature from Moroccan/Iraqi director, Tala Hadid, is an intriguing drama
that centres on the intersecting destinies of multiple characters living on the fringes of
existence. Young orphan Aïcha finds herself at the mercy of an abusive trafficking criminal
and his conflicted girlfriend. Brave and courageous, Aïcha is determined to run away. The
unlikely trio soon cross paths with Zacaria, a Moroccan/Iraqi writer, who has left everything
behind in search of his missing brother. Rescuing Aïcha from her captors, Zacaria leaves
her in the care of Judith, a French teacher with whom he shared a passionate love affair.
Taking us on a visually resplendent journey across Morocco, Istanbul, the plains of Kurdistan
and beyond, The Narrow Frame of Midnight follows the intertwined lives of these central
characters. With self-assured directorial control and a totally new aesthetic, Hadid skilfully
weaves an understated story of love, loss and longing while drawing an unsettling portrait of
a land riven by violence, fundamentalism and war.