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01 July 2009 @ 03:40 pm
"Casanegra" shows storied city in realistic light  

(LAKHMARI, THROUGH, CASANEGRA, ABOUT, CHARACTERS, KARIM)


By Natasha Senjanovic TAORMINA, Italy (Hollywood Reporter) - The likes of Bogey and Bergman are nowhere to be seen in Nour Eddine Lakhmari`s tour through the nocturnal underbelly of Casablanca, or "Casanegra," as the city`s underclasses call it. Lakhmari picked up the prize for best director at the Taormina festival for this film about two childhood friends, young men striving to rise above the surrounding squalor. Moroccan films usually are relegated to art-house cinemas, but "Casanegra" is hip, stylish and engaging enough to break out further -- if it weren`t for its two-hour running time. L... read more