Nabil Ayouch

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Nabil Ayouch
Nabil Ayouch 2014.jpg
Born (1969-04-01) 1 April 1969 (age 50)
OccupationFilm director, Producer, Screenwriter
Years active1992–present
Home townParis

Nabil Ayouch (born 1 April 1969) is a French-Moroccan television and film director, producer and writer of Moroccan origin.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Paris, to a Moroccan Muslim father and a Tunisian Jewish mother, although he spent a large part of his childhood in Sarcelles. After three years of course of theatre in Paris (1987–1990).

Film career[edit]

Ayouch started his career as a scriptwriter and director with the advertising agency Euro-RSCG.

In 1992, he directed Les Pierres bleues du désert, a first short film with Jamel Debbouze which tells the history of a young man convinced that there are large blue stones in the desert. Since then he directed two short films, Hertzienne Connexion (1993) and Vendeur de silence (1994) for which he received international recognition. He won the Ecumenical Award in 2000 in the Montreal World Film Festival for his film Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets.[1] Ayouch is set to produce the French-Moroccan thriller film Mirages.[2]

His 2012 film God's Horses competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[3][4]


As director[edit]

As writer[edit]

  • Pierres bleues du désert, Les (1992)
  • Mektoub (1997)
  • Ali Zaoua, prince de la rue (2000) a.k.a. Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (USA)
  • Une minute de soleil en moins (2003) (TV) a.k.a. A Minute of Sun Less (International: English title)
  • Whatever Lola Wants (2007) co-written with Jane Hawksley

As producer[edit]


Further reading[edit]

  • Jonathan Smolin, "Nabil Ayouch: Transgression, Identity, and Difference" in: Josef Gugler (ed.), Ten Arab Filmmakers: Political Dissent and Social Critique, Indiana University Press, 2015, ISBN 978-0-253-01644-7, pp 214–244


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