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Merkala Beach

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

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The film can be streamed for free at Filmgalerie 451
451-Alive Shop

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

Watch Movie

The film can be streamed for free at Filmgalerie 451
451-Alive Shop


Director and Screenplay
Frieder Schlaich
Samir Guesmi, Khaled Ksouri, Sondos Belhassen and the voice of Paul Bowles
Director of Photography
Volker Tittel
Assistant Camera
Lutz Reitemeier
Magdolna Rokob
Original Sound
Peter Henrici
Stefan Konken
Roman Bunka, EI Houssaine Kili
Production Design
Harald Turzer, Anne Schlaich
Costume Design
Anne Schlaich
Make-up Artist
Cho Ahnne Anderson
Assistant Director
Thomas Lechner
Set Manager
Patrick Straumann
lrene von Alberti
Produced by
Filmgalerie 451
World Premiere
17.02.1993, Berlinale Forum