Oscars: Algeria Selects 'Until the End of Time' for Foreign-Language Category

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Yasmine Chouikh

Yasmine Chouikh's romantic drama about a widow who falls in love with a grave digger had its world premiere at last year's Dubai International Film Festival.

Algeria has selected Yasmine Chouikh's novel romance set in a cemetery, Until the End of Time, as its submission in the best foreign-language category for the Oscars.

Chouikh takes the story of Johar, a woman grieving the death of her husband, and spins a romance when she meets Ali, the gravedigger.

As a friendship between the two develops into something deeper, Johar's attention shifts away from planning her own funeral to something with a lot more life in it.

It is the second time Algeria has submitted a film from a female director to the Oscars. The last, in 2002, was Rachida, by Chouikh's filmmaker mother Yamina Bachir Chouik.

Until the End of Time, which stars Djamila Arres, Djilali Boudjemaa, Mohamed Takerret, Imen Noel and Mohamed Benbakreti, has won several awards since its Dubai premiere, including best script and best feature at the 7th Maghreb Film Festival in Oujda, Morocco, in June.

Algeria has sent films to the Oscars 20 times since its first submission, Costas Gavras' political thriller Z in 1969, which won the Academy Award for best foreign-language film.