Snowing in Marrakech

« Prize for the best short film, for the merry irony with which the filmmaker describes as a cross section of life, dreams and hopes bordering on the surreal but deeply rooted in the culture of his land of origin, Morocco. »

Trento Film Festival


To fulfil the last wish of his dying father who has always dreamt with skiing once in Switzerland, Karim, his 28-year-old son settled in Geneva, tries to obtain him a visa.

The visa irrevocably denied, he decides to take his father instead to Oukaimeden, a Moroccan Atlas ski resort and make him believe he is really in the Swiss Alps. Assisted by his best friend, by his sister and by a very special restaurant keeper he will display treasures of imagination in offering his father a most unforgettable day.


  • Won Silver Gentian 2008 for Best Short Film (Trento Film Festival)
  • Won Public Prize 2007 (11. Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur)
  • Jury Special Award 2007 (6e Festival international d’Almeria)
  • Jury Special Award 2007 (58. Mostra internationale del cortometraggio, Montecatini)
  • Jury Special Award 2007 (60. Festival del film Locarno)
  • Won Public Prize 2006 for Best Short Film (Festival Tout Ecran, Genève)
  • Nomination Swiss Film Award 2008 Best Short Film (Solothurner Filmtage, Solothurn)


  • 27. Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Berlin, 2011
  • 24es Journées du cinéma africain et créole, Competition, Montréal Québec 2008
  • 58. Mostra internationale del cortometraggio, Competition, Firenze 2007
  • 30e Festival international du cinéma méditerranéen de Montpellier, 2008
  • 15. Festival Internazionale di Cortometraggio, Competition, Roma 2007



  • 2006 Il neige à Marrakech
  • 2004 Haunted
  • 2002 Sexe, beur & confiture


Abdeljabbar Louzir | Atmen Kelif
Abdessamad Miftah Elkhir
Majdouline Drissi


Screenplay: Hicham Alhayat
Cinematography: Pascal Montjovent
Editing: Julien Sulser – Laurent Nègre
Art direction: Nicola Corciulo
Sound Design: Jürg Lempen
Music: Abdessamad Miftah – Julien Sulser
Producer: Dan Wechsler
Production: Bord Cadre films (CH)

Technical data

Format: 35 mm / Dolby SR
Runtime: 15’
Released: 2006
Language: French
Subtitles: English, German


Original title: Il neige à Marrakech