MADRID — Cutting edge Spanish-Moroccan helmers Swel and Imad Noury have pulled down financing from Morocco’s CCM Film Institute and pubcaster SNRT for sophomore pic, “The Man Who Sold the World.”
A futuristic, Arabic-language adaptation of a Dostoevsky short story, “Man” rolls Nov. 4 in Casablanca with a Moroccan-Spanish-French cast and crew.
“Man” will be produced by Spaniard Pilar Cazorla at Casablanca’s Prod’Action. The CCM, directed by Nour-Eddine Sail, has given “Man” subsidy coin; SNRT, presided by Faical Laraichi, has boarded as a co-producer.
The Nourys, both still in their 20s, broke through to international attention with “Heaven’s Doors,” a fast-cut three-parter whose stylization pushed the envelope for Moroccan cinema. “Doors” played to upbeat reactions in Berlin’s Panorama section in 2006.
As with “Doors,” “Man” will be co-directed by the brothers from a Swel Noury screenplay, reuniting most of the crew from “Doors.”
Sound engineer Miguel Rejas is segueing from Pedro Almodovar’s “Broken Embraces” to join “Man.”
While “Doors” was set in a very identifiable Casablanca, “Man” marks a departure, said Swel Noury.
Taking place in a war-ravaged but anonymous city, “Man” adapts Dostoevsky’s “A Weak Heart,” toplining Moroccan actor Said Bay as a young man who seemingly has everything in life — a beautiful, doting fiancee and authorization to marry from a repressive city state. But his dreams of universal happiness eventually drive him insane.
Fehd Benchemsi plays the man’s best friend, French model Audrey Marnay plays his fiancee.
Music will be composed by France’s Blatter fur die Kunst.
Film will be shot in a widescreen format using Hawk Anamorphic lenses and a Red One camera, Swel Noury said.
Film will be ready for delivery in the spring.