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by Souheil Benbarka


Based on a true story, the film is about the story of Domingo Badia, officer in the Spanish army, sent in Morocco as “secret agent” by the name of Ali Bey to overthrow the sultan Moulay Slimane accused of selling wheat to English people in exchange for weapons (that then he would have directed against Spain) and Lady Hester Stanhope, niece of the English prime minister William Pitt and influential political figure, to whom a guy named Richard Brothers – famous for having perfectly predicted the beheading of Louis XVI – announced that she would have become queen of Palmira, the new Zenobia.

international title: Sand & Fire
original title: De Sable et de Feu
country: Morocco, Italy
year: 2019
genre: fiction
directed by: Souheil Benbarka
film run: 116'
release date: FR 18/09/2019
screenplay: Souheil Benbarka, Monica Giansanti, Bernard Stora
cast: Rodolfo Sancho, Carolina Crescentini, Massimo Ghini, Marco Bocci, Marisa Paredes, Giancarlo Giannini, Emanuele Vezzoli, Christo Jivkov, Imanol Arias
cinematography by: Ugo Menegatti
film editing: Lorenzo Fanfani
art director: Marco Trentini
costumes designer: Myriam Laraki
music: Stefano Lentini
producer: Souheil Benbarka
co-producer: Marco Gaudenzi
production: Flat Parioli, Jal's Production (MA)
backing: Film Commission Torino Piemonte (IT)
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