A film by Karim Moussaoui

Cast : Mohamed Djouhri, Sonia Mekkiou, Mehdi Ramdani, Hassan Kachach, Nadia Kaci, Samir El Hakim, Aure Atika

2017 / drama / original title : EN ATTENDANT LES HIRONDELLES / 113’ / Color / status : completed / long feature-film / All Rights / International collections

Algeria today. Past and present collide in the lives of a newly wealthy property developer, a young woman torn between the path of reason and sentiment and an ambitious neurologist impeded by wartime wrongdoings. Three stories that plunge us into the human soul of a contemporary Arab society.

Production: Les Films Pelléas

French distribution: Ad Vitam


“Remarkably assured”

The Globe and Mail - Canada

“An intriguing first feature from writer-director Karim Moussaoui that explores the damaged emotional landscape of his homeland. At times recalls Abbas Kiarostami’s Through the Olive Trees”

The Hollywood Reporter

“It’s heartening to see such delicate stories of ordinary people come to the fore”


“A precise, patient, emphatic and elegiac look on the characters. A good-looking combination of emotion and meditation”

Les Inrocks

“Algeria's past and present take flight in "Until the Birds Return… a very brave, involving and important film”

Lisa Nesselson, France 24


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