"I met Fouad in a bar in Gubbio in 2016, he told me his story and I immediately felt the desire to make a documentary about him. I filmed him and Daniela from 2016 till 2022, between Umbria, Paris and Casablanca, trying to capture the most salient moments of their relationship, but also the depth of their souls, all the nuances of the suffering, humour and poetry that marked their lives. But how does time act on their existences? And how does it act in the cinematic narrative? I've tried to create a narrative and emotional flow that, regardless of time, would be able to reconstruct the exceptional nature of their relationship. Years and months blur together in a creative process that, freeing the story from its chronology, crystallizes its feelings. Casablanca is a story of love and mercy between two people who have built an atypical family, an island sheltered from the ignorance that surrounds them, an intimacy in which each manages, thanks to the other, to free themselves from society's exclusion." [Adriano Valerio]
Adriano Valerio’s short 37°4S received a Special Mention at Cannes Film Festival (2013) and won the David di Donatello (2014). His first feature film Banat – The Journey, was presented at the International Critics' Week – Venice (2015) and was nominated for the David di Donatello and the Golden Globes for Best First Film and has been selected in more than 70 International Festivals, receiving various awards including the Corso Salani Award. His short Mon amour mon ami was presented at Orizzonti (Venice, 2017) and at TIFF. The same year, he directed two episodes of the TV series Non uccidere. His documentary Les aigles de Carthage was the opening short film at International Critics’ Week (Venice, 2020). His short The Nightwalk has been awarded with the Prix Canal+ at Clermont-Ferrand Film festival (2021) and selected for the César 2022. His last short Calcutta 8:40am has been presented at Festa del Cinema di Roma – Alice nella Città and won the Nastro d’Argento (2023). Adriano is now developing two feature films, one in Italy and one in France.