Faouzi Bensaïdi on tour with the French Institute of Morocco

Faouzi Bensaïdi on tour with the French Institute of Morocco
Faouzi Bensaïdi on tour with the French Institute of Morocco

Moroccan cinema is preparing to experience an exceptional week from June 2 to 7, 2024. Director Faouzi Bensaïdi, a leading figure in the Moroccan seventh art, will begin a tour with the French Institute of Morocco to present two of his major works: “ Deserts” (2023) and “A Thousand Months” (2003).

Faouzi Bensaïdi is recognized for his daring aesthetic approach, the power of his staging and a filmography that skilfully navigates between genres. His cinema, marked by deep artistic and social reflection, has captivated both the public and international critics. “A multi-awarded international artist, he was recently honored with the Golden Star at the Marrakech International Film Festival for his 25-year career,” indicates the press release from the French Institute of Morocco.

“Deserts”, his latest feature film, was selected for the Filmmakers’ Fortnight at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. This film, which explores the themes of solitude and the quest for meaning in a desert context, received rave reviews for its immersive storytelling and spectacular cinematography.

At the same time, “Mille Mois”, his first feature film, will also be screened. Awarded in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, this film is a poignant exploration of rural life in Morocco, through the eyes of a young boy. The narrative strength and emotional depth of this film have made it a classic of contemporary Moroccan cinema.

This tour will not be limited to screenings. It offers, according to a press release from the Institute, a unique opportunity for the Moroccan public to interact directly with Faouzi Bensaïdi. The sessions will be followed by discussions with the director, allowing spectators to delve behind the scenes of his creations and to better understand his artistic journey and his cinematographic choices.

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