A man digs his own grave and, and as though to keep him from it, the elements and beings quiver.
Narimane Mari (Algiers, Algeria, 1969) began her filmcareer in 2001 by producing films. In 2006 she founded the company Centrale Électrique, aiming to help directors and artists engaged with their contemporary history. In 2007 she made her first short film Prologue, about the artist Michel Haas. She then directed Scholars in the Land of Islam (2011), ninety episodes of animation for the Algerian national television. Bloody Beans (2013), her first fiction film, was selected at more than fifty film festivals and received the Grand Prix at FIDMarseille. Mari’s second feature, the documentary Les fort des fous (2017) had its world premiere in Locarno. In 2015 she produced Round About in My Head by Hassen Ferhani, Grand Prix FID, Grand Prix Torino Film Festival. Le fort des fous, her second feature film, which premiered at Locarno Film Festival, was presented at DOCUMENTA 14 as an installation. Today, she’s editing her next film We Had the Day, Bonsoir!
Prologue (cm, doc., 2007), Loubia Hamra (doc., 2013), Le fort des fous (doc., 2017), Holy Days (mm, doc., 2019).
“The title imposed itself as days went by. I did not look for it, even if the subject matter could, for some, lend itself to reach the sacred as we perceive it – that is to say up above us – while everything bustles in our daily lives. The film is simple, very simple. It’s a love and death story that touches us all. So I did not seek to create more than the image that imposed itself in the intimacy of this place – our inner space – that does not require broad shots, context, or words.”
Algeria-Francia/Algeria-France, 2019, 40’, col.
regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura/director, story, screenplay
Narimane Mari, Antonin Boischot
Narimane Mari, Djamel Kerkar, Corentin Doucet
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Michel Haas, Bilio Kaliakatsou, Julia Hilmer, Saadi Ikhelfoum
Centrale Électrique, Allers Retours Films