De Quelques évènements sans signification

De Quelques évènements sans signification · About Some Meaningless Events

Mostafa Derkaoui

1974, MA, 76', M12

International Competition 2019

27 Nov 2019 · TM Rivoli, Pequeno Auditório · 21H00

29 Nov 2019 · TM Rivoli, Grande Auditório · 16H00

In 1974, in Morocco, Mostafa Derkaoui filmed "De quelques évènements sans signification", a political film highlighting the singularity of cinemàtic language and its relationship to society, which was banned under the country’s censorship laws. In the working-class neighbourhoods of Casablanca, the filmmakers ask an assortment of young people about their connection with Moroccan cinema, while a labourer, dissatisfied with his job, murders his boss. The negatives were developed in a Spanish laboratory and, following editing in Morocco, were taken from Madrid to Barcelona to be blown up from 16mm to 35mm. Remarkably, the film was exhibited in a film festival in Paris, but its circulation was subsequently limited to clandestine copies on VHS and DVD. Forty years later, the original material – which came from a laboratory that had gone bankrupt in 1999 – was brought to the Filmoteca de Catalunya, where the restoration process was begun under the supervision of Mostafa Derkaoui and his brother Abdelkrim, the director of photography. Today, this film, half documentary, half fiction, and associated with the New Wave movements of the 1960s, demonstrates its modernity within the context of Moroccan cinematic history.