OCCIDENTAL

by Neïl Beloufa
OCCIDENTAL - OCCIDENTAL

Informations

Nation: France

Year: 2017

Length: 73'

35° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

When the streets of Paris are taken over by protesters and barricades, Antonio and Giorgio, a fairly bizarre couple, decide to take refuge in the Hotel Occidental. But Diana, the hotel manager, doesn’t seem very convinced by the two and, suspecting they might have shadowy ulterior motives, she immediately calls the police. This sparks a series of absurd events, in which racism, misogyny, homophobia and terrorist threats have the lion’s share. 

Director

Neil Beloufa

Neil  Beloufa

Neïl Beloufa (1985) lives and works between Paris and New York. He studied at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts and at the l’École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs in Paris, at CalArts and at Cooper Union in the United States, before returning to France to study at Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains. A director straddling experimental and narrative cinema, his films have participated at festivals such as Rotterdam, Toronto, Cinéma du réel and Indie Lisboa, where his short film Kempinski (2007) received an award in 2009. His works have also been screened at MoMA in New York, at the Biennale di Venezia and at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Occidental is his debut feature film.

Filmography:
Kempinski (cm, 2007), Sayre and Marcus (2010), Brune Renault (cm, 2010), Sans titre (cm, 2010), World Domination (cm, 2012), Party Island (cm, 2012), Real Estate (cm, 2012), Tonight and the People (2013), Desire for Data (cm, 2014), Occidental (2017).

Cast and Credits

regia/director
Neïl Beloufa
fotografia/cinematography
Guillaume Le Grontec
montaggio/film editing
Ermanno Corrado
scenografia/production design
Florian Fournier
costumi/costume design
Mariette Niquet-Rioux
musica/music
Grégoire Bourdeil, Alexandre Geindre
suono/sound
Arno Ledoux
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Paul Hamy (Antonio), Idir Chender (Giorgio), Anna Ivacheff (Diana), Louise Orry-Diquéro (Romy), Hamza Meziani (Khaled), Brahim Tekfa (Karim)
produttore/producer
Jacques-F. Dodart
produzione/production
Bad Manner’s, Atelier Neïl Beloufa
coproduzione/coproduction
Le Fresnoy

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contatti/contacts
MPM Film
Ricardo Monastier
r.monastier@mpmfilm.com
www.mpmfilm.com

Director statement

“We wanted the viewers to have an open relation to the film genre – a comedy, a thriller, a western, a social drama –, and in the mean time none of these, in order to produce an open ended meaning, and distance to the movie. This effect being underlined by a loose story, a fake scenery, and a non-cathartic way of acting. Our hopes is that the movie prevents us from taking sides or to use morality as a reading grid and doesn’t advocate for any ideology. So that it doesn’t reproduce the system it’s attempting to take a critical distance from.”

Synopsis Learn more

When the streets of Paris are taken over by protesters and barricades, Antonio and Giorgio, a fairly bizarre couple, decide to take refuge in the Hotel Occidental. But Diana, the hotel manager, doesn’t seem very convinced by the two and, suspecting they might have shadowy ulterior motives, she immediately calls the police. This sparks a series of absurd events, in which racism, misogyny, homophobia and terrorist threats have the lion’s share. 

Director All about direction

Neil Beloufa

Neil  Beloufa

Neïl Beloufa (1985) lives and works between Paris and New York. He studied at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts and at the l’École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs in Paris, at CalArts and at Cooper Union in the United States, before returning to France to study at Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains. A director straddling experimental and narrative cinema, his films have participated at festivals such as Rotterdam, Toronto, Cinéma du réel and Indie Lisboa, where his short film Kempinski (2007) received an award in 2009. His works have also been screened at MoMA in New York, at the Biennale di Venezia and at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Occidental is his debut feature film.

Filmography:
Kempinski (cm, 2007), Sayre and Marcus (2010), Brune Renault (cm, 2010), Sans titre (cm, 2010), World Domination (cm, 2012), Party Island (cm, 2012), Real Estate (cm, 2012), Tonight and the People (2013), Desire for Data (cm, 2014), Occidental (2017).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia/director
Neïl Beloufa
fotografia/cinematography
Guillaume Le Grontec
montaggio/film editing
Ermanno Corrado
scenografia/production design
Florian Fournier
costumi/costume design
Mariette Niquet-Rioux
musica/music
Grégoire Bourdeil, Alexandre Geindre
suono/sound
Arno Ledoux
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Paul Hamy (Antonio), Idir Chender (Giorgio), Anna Ivacheff (Diana), Louise Orry-Diquéro (Romy), Hamza Meziani (Khaled), Brahim Tekfa (Karim)
produttore/producer
Jacques-F. Dodart
produzione/production
Bad Manner’s, Atelier Neïl Beloufa
coproduzione/coproduction
Le Fresnoy

**
contatti/contacts
MPM Film
Ricardo Monastier
r.monastier@mpmfilm.com
www.mpmfilm.com

Director statement Read more

“We wanted the viewers to have an open relation to the film genre – a comedy, a thriller, a western, a social drama –, and in the mean time none of these, in order to produce an open ended meaning, and distance to the movie. This effect being underlined by a loose story, a fake scenery, and a non-cathartic way of acting. Our hopes is that the movie prevents us from taking sides or to use morality as a reading grid and doesn’t advocate for any ideology. So that it doesn’t reproduce the system it’s attempting to take a critical distance from.”