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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.

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
- Oberhausen IFF  International Competition

Additional Texts

„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 arenot like that. They want to break things.“ (Paul Bowles)


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