Born in 1976 in Jijel, Karim Moussaoui lives in Algiers, where he is a programmer at the French Institute. He is one of the founding members of Chrysalide, an Algerian cultural association created in 2000 that helps promote cinema. After attending the shooting of Viva l'Algérie, by Nadir Moknech, he directed his first self-produced short film in 2006: Ce qu'on doit faire (What we have to do), inspired this time by Charles Bukowsky's short story: Lune froide. In 2008, he was first assistant director of Inland, by Tariq Teguia, and in 2011, his feature film script, Waiting for the Swallows, was selected for the Meditalents writing workshop. There he met Virginie Legeay, with whom he wrote the medium-length film Les jours d'avant, a prequel to En attendant les hirondelles.Since then, he has continued the development of En attendant les hirondelles at Sud Ecriture and then at the Cinefondation. The film was produced by Les Films Pelléas (David Thion and Philippe Martin) and selected at Un certain regard, Cannes 2017.

Les jours d'avant

In a city in southern Algiers, in the mid-1990s. Djaber and Yamina are neighbors but do not know each other. For both of them, it is so difficult to meet between girls and boys that they have almost stopped dreaming about it. In a few days, however, what was until then only a muted and distant violence erupts before them, changing their destinies forever.


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