The Damned Don't Cry


The Main 2 Sat, Apr 15, 2023 11:00 AM
The Main 2 Sat, Apr 22, 2023 9:20 PM
The Main 2 Wed, Apr 26, 2023 7:15 PM
The Main 1 Fri, Apr 28, 2023 2:00 PM
Film Info
Original Title:Les Damnés ne pleurent pas
Festival Programs:Images of Africa
Emerging Filmmaker Competition
Release Year:2022
Runtime:111 min
Print Source:Charades
Family Drama
SWANA Stories
Best of Fest
Director:Fyzal Boulifa
Executive Producer:Eva Yates
Producer:Gary Farkas
Clément Lepoutre
Olivier Muller
Karim Debbagh
Co-Producer:Jean-Yves Roubin
Cassandre Warnauts
Cinematographer:Caroline Champetier
Screenwriter:Fyzal Boulifa
Editor:François Quiqueré
Composer:Nadah El Shazly
Principal Cast:Aïcha Tebbae
Abdellah El Hajjouji
Antoine Reinartz
Moustapha Mokafih
Walid Chaibi
Sawsen Kotbi


Best of Fest Encore Screening

After his well-received feature debut Lynn + Lucy, Fyzal Boulifa, a UK director of Moroccan heritage, combines melodrama, neo-realism and sexual frankness to compelling effect in the story of a single mother and her teen son on the fringes of society in The Damned Don’t Cry. Both the story and the title have the feeling of latter-day (but more explicit) Douglas Sirk films, or for that matter, R.W. Fassbinder in his Sirk period. Fatima-Zahra, a sex worker, and her adolescent son Selim move from place to place, forever trying to outrun the latest scandal she’s caught up in. When Selim discovers the truth about his past, Fatima-Zahra vows to make a fresh start. Arriving in Tangier, they each find new opportunities that promise the legitimacy they crave — but not without threatening their fragile love for one another. Especially as Selim follows his mother’s path, becoming a houseboy for a rich Frenchman while Fatima-Zahra finds religion. Winner, New Voices New Visions, Palm Springs Film Festival –Alissa Simon

Director Biography

Fyzal Boulifa is a British filmmaker of Moroccan descent, born in Leicester, England in 1985. His short films have appeared at the Cannes Film Festival and been nominated for BAFTA awards. His feature films include Lynn + Lucy (2019) and The Damned Don’t Cry (2022).