OFFICIAL SELECTION / FRENCH COMPETITION   FIDMARSEILLE 2015
World premiere
   
 

FI RASSI ROND-POINT
Dans ma tête un rond-point

Hassen Ferhani

GRAND PRIX OF THE FRENCH COMPETITION
SPECIAL MENTION OF THE GNCR PRIZE
  Algeria/France
2015
Colour
HD, Dolby
Stereo (SR)
100’

Original version
Arabic
Subtitles
English
Script, photography
Hassen Ferhani
Editing
Myriam Aycaguer, Narimane Mari, Hassen Ferhani, Corentin Doucet
Sound
Djamel Kerkar, Antoine Morin
Casting
Youcef, Hocine, Ali Bey, Ali et Madame Dalila, Halim, Sadek, Amine

Production
Allers Retours Films, Centrale Electrique

Filmography
– Tarzan, Don Quichotte et Nous,
2013
– Afric Hotel, 2010
– Les Baies d’Alger, 2006
Despite the title, the decor does not contain any road elements and we fi nd ourselves in a slaughterhouse in Algiers. Retained within such a framework so frequently described by the cinema, one might expect a show of cruelty (a word which literally means fl owing blood). It is not. The slaughterhouse here is primarily a huis-clos, meaning a theatre stage on which some characters, who have taken up residence, develop. These men are the heroes (because this universe is exclusively male), young and old, and no steer, dead or alive, will steal the show from them. We remember Tarzan, Don Quixote and Us (FID 2014), where the young Hassen Ferhani already handled with virtuosity, humour and precision, an eager-to-describe camera, rather than the broader context of singular fi gures. Even more so here, if something of a group portrait is targeted, after having given space to each character to exist in its complexity, in its fragility, in its innocence as in the science that is its own, like the worker-storyteller who seriously discusses the choice of the title of the fi lm being made. (JPR)
 
 
 
 
 
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