OFFICIAL SELECTION / FRENCH COMPETITIONFIRST FILM COMPETITION 2016   FIDMARSEILLE 2016
world premiere    
 Atlal150

ATLAL

Djamel Kerkar


July 15 / 3:00pm / Villa Méditerranée
July 18 / 10:30am / Variétés 5
 

Algeria, France
2016
Colour
HD, Stéréo
100’

Original version
arabic
Subtitles
français, anglais
Script
Djamel Kerkar
Photography
Bilel Madi, Djamel Kerkar
Editing
Corentin Doucet, Djamel
Kerkar
Sound
Antoine Morin

Casting
Farid X, Ammi Lakhdar,
Ammi Rabah, Lakhdar,
Mohammed, Rouaf, Abdou
Bennou, Moundhir, Mounir,
Nouaaman

Production
Debzi Jaber
(Prolégomènes), Narimane
Mari, Olivier Boischot et
Michel (Haas CENTRALE
ELECTRIQUE)
Distribution
Pascale Ramonda

Filmography
Earth is full of ghosts,
2014
Archipel, 2012

In this first film of his, Djamel Kerkar begins with the pain that brought death to Algeria throughout the black decade of the nineties. On screen, blurred and weak VHS images recorded in 1998, looking closely at every detail, and yet astounded, at a field of ruins beaten by the wind: wildly proliferating grass all over scattered heaps of concrete and piled up, rusty scrap metal. We are in Ouled Allal, a small town which, in the fall of 1997, witnessed a military intervention, still remembered with much sadness, which ended up destroying it. Then we see today’s Ouled Allal. Silence, always, but the wild grass, thicker, more dense, keeps growing alongside new buildings rising from the ground or still under construction, like ghostly silhouettes. A landscape where faces and men’s tales are embodied one by one. Slowly unfolding speech outlines different Histories, keeping generations busy. Out of such fallow land, a drawing may be seen, from one time to another, of a whole world haunted by war, hindered, caught between the frozen memory of yesteryear’s fights and of the impossible, confiscated memory of the dead, of massacres left unpunished. Remembering? Leaving? A world whose History is still to be written and whose rebellions, desires and dreams could only find room in song or in those three letters written on a wall, MCA, Algier’s glorious club. And where less visible ruins of a whole society, its words left unsaid, its defeats and youth’s frustrations today, are left for us to guess. The title’s ruins: Atlal. (NF)
 
 
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