Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch's Les Chevaux De Dieu (God's Horses), which premiered at Cannes 2012, and early this year at FESPACO, will represent Morocco at the Academy Awards early next year for its foreign category.
To recap from our post back in January of this year, the lauded film is loosely based on the terrorist attacks that took place in Casablanca on May 13, 2003. Ayouch was shocked by these attacks that were committed by a gang of kids from a neighborhood that he knew very well. The filmmaker wanted to essentially humanize the suicide bombers, and show that they themselves are/were also victims.
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam’s Stone Angels distributed and co-produced Horses in France. The film, considered one of 2012's "biggest scale films from the Arab world," was sold by Wild Bunch.