Kandisha [2008]

  • Kandisha [2008]
Genre : Fantasy
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2008
Format : Feature
Running time : 90 (in minutes)

Shattered by the loss of her child, Nyla Jayde, a brilliant criminal defense attorney, takes on a case involving a 14th century Moroccan legend, a vengeful spirit named "Kandisha".

Kandisha is a spirit … A legend, old of 14 centuries tells that she haunts some women bodies. Neila Jayde is a lawyer in Morocco, where she lives with her husband Mehdi. The brutal death of their 6 year old daugher, breaks the harmony within the couple. One morning, a mysterious veiled woman comes near Neila, at the Justice place, and asks her to take the defence of a woman accused for murder. Neila tries to know more about this matter but the stranger with a blue veil disappears…
Neila puzzled, decides to go to the prison, where Mona Bendrissi is detained, accused for the murder of her husband… can she prove that it's kandisha who committed this murder?

A film by Jérôme Cohen-Olivar

Morocco, 2010, Fiction, 1h31, Fantastic/Noir/Thriller, 35 mm color, 2.35 : 1

Stars: Amira Cassar, Hiam Abbass, Amal Ayouch, Khalid Benchagra, Said Taghmaoui, Assaad Bouab, David Carradine

Produced by
Albert Lévy... producer (Salaman Films)
Dounia Benjelloun... co-producer (Dounia Productions)
Karim Benbrik... associate producer
Charles Fathy... associate producer
Steve Ohana... associate producer
Sylvia Levy... line producer

Written and directed by Jérôme Cohen-Olivar
Music by Kenneth Lampl
Cinematography by Dominique Gentil
Charles-Hubert Morin... director of photography: second unit
Film Editing by Julien Fouré
Casting By Donna DeSeta, Gérard Moulévrier
Art Direction by Sanaa Bezzaz... (as Sanae Bezzaz)
Costume Design by Martine Lopez
Amina El Halhouli... makeup artist
Pierre Olivier Persin... special makeup effects artist
Sylvia Levy... production supervisor
Alexis Caro... first assistant director
Hicham Kadiri... first assistant director
Alain Aswani... second assistant director: Morocco
Jeff Hassida... trainee assistant director
Erminio Lauri... digital artist
Denis Guilhem... sound
Sylvain Lasseur... sound editor
Gaetano Musso... re-recording mixer
Andrea Battistoni... visual effects supervisor
Karim Benbrik... visual effects supervisor
Stephane Bidault... visual effects supervisor
Nicolas Delbecq... digital effects artist
Pierfrancesco Fiorenza... visual effects producer
Bertrand Levallois... visual effects supervisor
François Poupon... visual effects artist
Matthias Weber... visual effects producer
Brahim Amarak... gaffer
Adil Ayoub... assistant camera
Adil El Kassy... assistant camera
Hassan Hajhouj... key grip
Aziz Lechgar... assistant camera
Miguel Malheiros... focus puller
Fabrice Sébille... Steadicam operator (as Fabrice Sebille)
Kamaleddine Talmi... grip
Younes Zoughi... second assistant camera
Rocio Valladares Alegria... colorist
Louis Welti... assistant editor

Amira Casar... Nyla Jayde
Hiam Abbass... Mona Bendrissi
Amal Ayouch... Dr. Maliki
Khalid Benchagra... Le procureur
Saïd Taghmaoui... Dakir Nesri
Assaad Bouab... The Cabalist
David Carradine... The American
Michaël Cohen... Mehdi Jayde
Hassan Essakali (as Hassan Skalli)... The Judge
Karim Saidi
Lénaïc Sarrazin... MIKA
Mourad Zaoui... Jamil

Salaman Films
Albert LEVY, Chairman
Jerome Cohen Olivar, Co-Chairman
9, rue de Midelt, Rabat, Morocco

Release Dates (Festivals)
Morocco / 7 December 2008 (Marrakech International Film Festival)
United Arab Emirates / 22 December 2008 (Dubai Film Festival)
USA / 10 January 2009 (Palm Springs International Film Festival)
Belgium / 4 April 2009 (Brussels International Film Festival)
USA / 5 May 2009 (Oxford International Film Festival)
France / 3 April 2010 (Mauvais Genre Film Festival)
Morocco / 22 September 2010
Taiwan / 5 April 2011 (Golden Horse Fantastic Film Festival)

Also Known As (AKA)
Hungary: Kandisha
Russia: Кандиша

Production Companies
Salaman Films
Dounia Productions

CCM Film Center

Salaman Releasing (2010) (Morocco) (theatrical)
Entertainment 7 (2010-2013) (USA) (all media)
Trillian Entertainment (2010-2012) (World-wide) (all media)

Special Effects
Salaman FX


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