GER 1993, 30 min
Based on the story "The Story of Lahcen and Idir" by the famous American writer Paul Bowles.
MERKALA BEACH tells of two young men in Tangier, one of whom prefers to smoke kif, while the other prefers to drink alcohol. When they both fall in love with the same beautiful girl, their friendship is put to the ultimate test.
„The difference between Lahcen and ldir was that Lahcen liked to drink and ldir smoked kif. Kif smokers want to stay quiet in their heads, and drinkers are not like that. They want to break things.“ (Paul Bowles)
MERKALA BEACH is part of the feature film PAUL BOWLES – HALFMOON, based on three short stories by Paul Bowles.
The film is available free of charge on our Vimeo channel.
Language: Arabic and English, Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
Awards and Festivals
- Berlinale - Forum 1993 - New German Films / Premiere on 17.2.1993
- Oberhausen IFF - Int. Competition (27.4.1993)
- Filmfest Dresden 1993
- Augsburger Kurzfilmwochenende 1993 - Wettbewerb
- Clermont-Ferrand - Frankreich 1994
- Villa do Conde - Portugal 1994
- Sao Paulo - 1994
and many more
Original storyboard from MERKALA BEACH
Director and Screenplay
Samir Guesmi, Khaled Ksouri, Sondos Belhassen and the voice of Paul Bowles
Director of Photography
Roman Bunka, EI Houssaine Kili
Harald Turzer, Anne Schlaich
Cho Ahnne Anderson
lrene von Alberti
17.02.1993, Berlinale Forum