De quelques événements sans signification

26 November, 2019 - 21:00
CINEMATEK, Brussel

Film restored by Filmoteca de Catalunya, in parallel to a research project by Léa Morin (L’Observatoire, art et recherche). 

De quelques événements sans signification

Mostafa Derkaoui
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MA
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1974
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DCP
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colour
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76'

De eerste film van de Marokkaanse regisseur Mostafa Derkaoui, gefilmd in Casablanca in 1974, verboden en lange tijd niet vertoond, werd recent teruggevonden en gerestaureerd. 45 jaar later eindelijk uit de vergetelheid gehaald. De quelques événements sans signification werd geproduceerd in atypische omstandigheden. De film wordt gedragen door de gezamenlijke inspanning van een hele generatie acteurs, filmmakers, muzikanten, dichters, schilders en schrijvers – die culturele, sociale en politieke utopieën koestert. De film heeft een unieke filmische en documentaire waarde

 

Around the port’s streets and popular bars of Casablanca, a group of filmmakers conduct discussions with people about their expectations of, and aspirations for, the emerging Moroccan national cinema. When a disgruntled worker kills his superior accidentally, their inquest shifts focus, and they begin to probe the context and motives of the killing. At the heart of De quelques événements sans signification is an interrogation on the role of cinema (and art) in society, documentary and the Real, and what constitutes an urgency for a national cinema that is being born. This unique filmic experience was conceived as an independent and collective effort of militant filmmakers, actors, musicians, poets and journalists at a time of heightened repression on freedom of expression in Morocco and was funded by the sale of paintings by several contemporary painters. The film was first screened in Paris in 1975 but was immediately taxed with censorship and forbidden from exhibition and export. It was forgotten until a negative print was found in the archives of the Filmoteca de Catalunya in 2016 and restored there. 45 years after its completion, the film will finally be released. (Rasha Salti)