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Film still from SIX FEET OVER: A young man washes a corpse.

Sun 28.04.

  • Director

    Karim Bensalah

  • France / 2023
    96 min. / DCP / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language

    French, Arab

  • Cinema

    Arsenal 1

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender
  • Karim Bensalah in person

Whenever the opportunity arises, Sofiane (Hamza Meziani) presents himself as a cosmopolitan, as a man of the world. In reality, however, he skillfully sidesteps answering questions about his origins: he is the son of a former Algerian embassy clerk, who is studying in Lyon. When his visa is suddenly revoked,“Sof” finds himself under the threat of expulsion. To be able to continue living in France, he agrees to work for the Muslim funeral home of his father’s cousin.This decision forces him to slowly acknowledge his Algerian roots and to reconfigure his identity and the relationships around him. SIX FEET OVER is a Coming of Age Story set against the backdrop of Islamic burial rituals, offering a loving and often poetic glimpse into the work of muslim undertakers. It subtly confronts the fast-paced life of a young adult filled with hasty decisions and impulsive actions against the slow, deliberate, and unchanging rituals of traditional funeral ceremonies in Islam. Karim Bensalah’s film won the Silver Yusr for Best Screenplay at the Red Sea International Film Festival in 2023.

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media