Oscars: Morocco Selects 'Burnout' for Foreign-Language Category


The film chronicles the lives of several people from various social backgrounds.

Morocco has selected the drama Burnout as its entry for the best foreign-language film category at the Oscars.

Directed by Nour Eddine Lakhmari, Burnout portrays several people from various social backgrounds living in Casablanca: a 13-year old boy who works as a shoe shopper in a hope to earn enough money to buy a bone prosthesis for his mother; a medicine student who eventually confronts his privileged customer; a Jaguar-driving, confined man who is unhappy with his wife.

Co-produced by Morocco and Norway, Burnout was released theatrically in Morocco on October 11, 2017.

Burnout is the fourth feature for Lakhmari, who is also a singer and musician. His best-known film on the international festival circuit is 2008's Casanegra, which also was Morocco's submission to the Oscars in the foreign-language category.

Burnout is Morocco's 14th submission to the best foreign-language film Oscar race. No Moroccan film has earned a nomination or a statuette so far, but Roschdy Zem's Omar Killed Me made the January shortlist in 2011.