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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2015 - 17.26 July

Sections & Films


Category: Edition 2015

Eighty-year-old Samira spends her days in her large apartment, caring for her life-sized goldfish Coucou and warding off the outside world with pieces of aluminum foil, which she tapes to the walls and ceiling. But when an upstairs neighbour’s laundry lands on her balcony, Samira’s already fragile mental state shatters. With its eerie and disturbing atmosphere, ‘Coucou’ brilliantly captures the distorted reality of the senile mind.

Original Title COUCOU
Category Out of competition
Section Made in Qatar
Tipology Short Film
Duration 10'
Production Year 2013
Nationality Qatar
Directed by Meriem Mesraoua
Screenplay Meriem Mesraoua
Director of photography Wielder Catapat
Editor Abdul Jabbar Maki
Music Chris Adamescu
Main cast Badriah Ahmed Nassan
Carole Sabbagha
Suliman Fadlelbari
Saoud Al Gosaibi
Rashad Eid

coucou-regMeriem Mesraoua
She was born in Qatar and raised in France. She returned to Doha while in high school, and earned a B.Sc with Honours in Media Industries and Technologies from Northwestern University in Qatar. Mesraoua explored various facets of the film industry through internships with Miramax and NYWIFT, and as a production trainee on Michael Winterbottom’s award-winning film ‘Trishna’ in 2011. In the same year, she wrote and directed her first short film, ‘Awaiting’.

Torath Production

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