Courtisane at Berlin Critics’ Week

27 February, 2021 - 7 March, 2021
ONLINE

For the second festival cooperation of this year’s Berlin Critics’ Week Courtisane has proposed a program with works by Ismaïl Bahri, Fairuz & El Moïz Ghammam and Mouaad el Salem. 

The Berlin Critics’ Week 2021 will take place as an online event. This year’s film selection will be available to the public virtually throughout Germany from February 27 to March 7.

http://wochederkritik.de/en_US/aljafari-jahson-sunder-pacha-bahri-ghamma...

Foyer

Ismaïl Bahri
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FR, TN
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2016
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32'

Foyer is a film resulting from experiments in filming with a sheet of white paper placed in front of the camera, a few centimetres from the lens. The intuition behind it, very simple at first, was to take the camera onto the streets of Tunis and observe the way that this dividing element taints itself with the surrounding light, vibrates according to the movements of the air, darkens with the passage of a cloud or when a person or object gets too close... This experiment shifted when passers-by, attracted by this device, approached me to question me and talk. I then understood that these words and voices filled this blank paper both with poetic and political content, as subtle as it was unexpected. The film appeared somewhat in the way a roll of film is impressed by light when exposed to it: it was progressively affected by what happened to it, the environment in which it was shot.” (Ismaïl Bahri)

Oumoun

Fairuz & El Moïz Ghammam
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BE, TN
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2017
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HD
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14'

“Dear Grandma, you’ll be surprised to hear my voice in your language...” These are the first words in a recorded, spoken letter that was never sent, but was instead played aloud in real time by the Brussels filmmaker to her elderly grandmother in Mahdia, Tunisia. In the company of the camera, the lines easily turn into a voiceover that, as one listens and looks attentively, gradually transforms into a dialogue that spans languages, cultures and generations.

This day won’t last

Mouaad el Salem
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BE, TN
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2020
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HD
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25'

A day that could also be a life. A young man who could also be an older woman. A nightmare that could also be a dream. In Tunisia, while it could also be somewhere else: on the border between the necessity and the fear to make a film, the necessity and the fear for the revolution, is This day won’t last a cooperation with a distance. That is how this self portrait turns into a group portrait. Clandestine, but straight from the heart: an end that could also lead to a new beginning.

Since 2017, Mouaad el Salem is director, producer, editor, cameraperson, soundperson, activist and lead characters of this debut film. Mouaad lives and dreams in Tunisia and Europe.