Synopsis: Available May 23rd Only!
Strand Releasing’s founder Marcus Hu will introduce this upcoming release from Morocco.
Abla runs a modest local bakery from her home in Casablanca where she lives alone with her eight-year-old daughter, Warda. Their routine of housework and homework is interrupted one day by a knock on the door. Samia, a young woman, is looking for a job and a roof over her head. The little girl is immediately taken with the newcomer, but her mother initially refuses to allow a pregnant stranger into their home. Gradually, however, Abla’s resolve softens, and Samia’s arrival begins to offer all of them the prospect of a new life.
Adam is the story of two lonely souls who come to appreciate one another through confrontation, then understanding and support; two women each trapped by their own destiny, seek refuge in flight and denial. Samia is trapped by the child she is carrying. Abla is trapped by a death that has frozen her entire existence, a shunned mourning, which has transformed her into a disembodied person. The two women are forced to face life through its most beautiful and cruelest expression. And at the heart of it all, there is birth and motherhood. This thing that overwhelms us, transcends us, awakens our primal instincts, no matter how deeply they may have been buried. Life imposes itself, in Adam, just as death does, in all its mightiness.
Director, screenwriter and actress Maryam Touzani spent her childhood in her native Tangier before pursuing a university degree in London. Adam marks Touzani’s feature film directing debut, which premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
“‘Adam’ resonates through this profound depiction of female solidarity, opening up a necessary dialogue about women in oppressive societies with compelling grace and heartfelt empathy”. - Awards Daily