Until the Birds Return is the best Algerian film you’ll see this year

Whatever its strengths and weaknesses, Karim Moussaoui’s debut feature was always destined to be a remarkable thing. It’s a feature film from Algeria, and such things are, these days, rare beasts indeed.

The country that won a best foreign picture Oscar in 1970 for Z (though set in Greece and directed by Costa-Gavras, who is Greek, it was an Algerian production) has produced just 28 feature films since its long-running civil war (1991-2002) ended.


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