Nabil Ben Yadir

Belgium, France, 2022 / 91 min / French OV / Drama, LGBTQ+, Crime

At the core of the darkness of the human soul, the true story of a racist and homophobic crime that marked Belgium.

Brahim is a young man, his mother’s joy. One day he will find the love of his life. He will become a family man; he will make everyone proud. One day he will be mature and fulfilled. One day…

 “At the time of Ihsane Jarfi's murder, the newspapers were talking about a homophobic crime. And I asked myself why they were talking about a homophobic crime and not a racist crime. When does sexuality take over identity? I followed the trial, and I wondered about the human race, about the birth of monsters. How does one become a monster in such a short time, and how does one live with it? How do you live the day after the crime? » Director’s statement, Nabil Ben Yadir

"Animals shocks and will not leave anyone indifferent." - Aurore Engelen, Cineuropa, 15/10/2021  


  • FIPRESCI Prize - Camerimage - 2021 (
Cast & Credits
Soufiane Chilah, Gianni Guettaf, Serkan Sancak, Lionel Maisin, Camille Freychet
Nabil Ben Yadir, Antoine Cuypers
Frank Van Den Eeden
Dieter Diependaele
10.80 Films, A team productions, Les Films du Fleuve, Maje Productions

Nabil Ben Yadir is a Belgian actor, film director, screenwriter and producer. Before becoming a filmmaker, Ben Yadir worked on an assembly line for Volkswagen. He spent "months on end doing exactly the same thing". This influenced his choice to select a different genre for each of his films. Ben Yadir made his feature-length directorial debut in 2009 with The Barons. Animals is his fourth feature film.  

  • 2021 – Animals
  • 2017 – Angle Mort
  • 2013 – La Marche
  • 2013 – Les Barons
  • 2006 - Sortie de clown (court-métrage / short film / Kurzfilm)