Four highly original and personal films screen Monday in the 8th Cinema in Motion – that showcases films in post-production from the Maghreb, Gulf countries and Portuguese-
Kaouther Ben Hania’s €0.5 million mockumentary, Challatt of Tunis (Tunisia/ France) is inspired by the 2003 urban legend of a fundamentalist moped rider who terrorized the streets of Tunis - slashing the buttocks of women wearing jeans or mini-skirts.
Last year, Challatt won Arte’s International Prize at the Berlinale Project Market and the International Project Showcase award at Sunny Side of the Doc.
35-year old Ben Hania believes mockumentary is ideal for exploring Tunisia’s recent past: “Before the revolution, reality was confiscated in Tunisia - the authorities used documentary codes to tell lies. I’m interested in using fiction to tell the truth.”
39-year old Hala Lotfy’s €0.25 million debut feature Coming Forth By Day (Egypt) is a partly autobiographical tale about a daughter who tends to her sick father during his last 24 hours. Starring first-time actors, pic uses long takes to explore subtle emotions and complex generational rifts and has been selected for Abu Dhabi’s New Horizons section
Lotfy’s compatriot, 29-year old Ahmed Nour presents a €0.25 million digital storytelling odyssey, Waves (Egypt-Morocco), that combines documentary, fiction and animation to depict events from the director’s life and his home town of Suez, set against the backdrop of Mubarak’s 30-year regime and ouster.
“I aim to bring hope and optimism” Nour explains, “Although many of us feel that the revolution is dying”.
Finally, 49-year old Hassan Legzouli’s sophomore feature The Golden Calf (Morocco) is a €0.7 million cinemascope road-movie set in July 1999, about a 17-year old Moroccan boy desperate to return to France, who steals an ox from the royal family’s ranch on the eve of King Hassan II’s death.
France-based Legzouli revisits his childhood universe: “I aim to show a different side of Morocco, including grandiose landscapes, worthy of a Sergio Leone spaghetti western, and authentic small towns in the mountainous interior.”