New Releases: Sleepwalking Land and What A Wonderful World DVDs

Aladino Jasse (l.) and Nick Lauro Teresa star in Sleepwalking Land.

The Global Film Initiative released two films from its Global Lens film series on DVD on Oct. 26, 2010: the 2007 Portuguese movie Sleepwalking Land and, from Morocco, the 2006 film What a Wonderful World. Each carries a suggested list price of $24.95

Sleepwalking Land is set in Mozambique in the midst of the country’s devastating civil war. Muidinga (Nick Lauro Teresa), an orphaned refugee, wanders the countryside in search of his mother. His only companion is an elderly storyteller (Aladino Jasse), and the only guide to finding his mother is a dead man’s diary. Together, the storyteller and diary lead him on a magical, and sometimes macabre, journey across war-torn landscapes to find the family he lost.

Directed by Teresa Prata and based on Mia Coutou’s acclaimed Portuguese novel of the same name, the transporting drama film underscores the power of imagination in surviving and ultimately overcoming the catastrophe of war.

What a Wonderful World revolves around Souad (Fatima Attif), a prostitute whose best friend is Kenza (Nezha Rahil), a tough traffic cop. And then there’s Kamel (Faouzi Bensaïdi), a stony-eyed contract killer who receives his hit orders from the Internet and who also happens to be Souad’s favorite customer.

When Kenza falls in love with Kamel, the two begin a bizarre courtship doomed by their disparate lines of work, and a persistent cyber-snooping hacker who stumbles upon the site where Kamel receives his murderous contracts.

Moroccan actor/director Faouzi Bensaïdi‘s stylish film is a new vision of an old culture, unveiling an uncommon Casablanca caught in a world wide web of associations and consequences.

 

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