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France / Sudan / Lebanon / Germany / Serbia / Qatar
2022, 80 min

Section: Horizons

  151 Friday 1/7 9:00 Cinema B
  2H1 Saturday 2/7 10:30 Husovka Theatre
  6K2 Wednesday 6/7 12:00 Drahomíra Cinema
  725 Thursday 7/7 18:00 Small Hall

Renowned visual artist Ali Cherri makes his debut in feature film with the enigmatic story of Maher, a Sudanese labourer who works in a brickyard on the banks of the Nile and, every evening, he wanders off into the desert to continue constructing a mysterious monster made of mud. This mesmerising allegory with its uncompromising political subtext entranced audiences at this year’s festival in Cannes.


Synopsis

Renowned visual artist Ali Cherri makes his debut in feature film with the enigmatic story of Maher, a taciturn Sudanese labourer who works in a brickyard on the banks of the Nile and, every evening, he secretly wanders off into the desert to continue building a mysterious construction made of mud. It’s 2019 and, while the protests staged by Maher’s fellow citizens against the reviled President al-Bashir come to a head, a disturbing monster starts to show signs of life… Cherri, a Parisian of Lebanese origin, follows up his two critically acclaimed shorts, here rounding off a trilogy that he tellingly describes as “geographies of violence”. This mesmerising allegory with its uncompromising political subtext entranced audiences at this year’s festival in Cannes.

Karel Och

About the director

Ali Cherri (1976, Beirut). Selected filmography: The Disquiet (2013, short), The Digger (Al haffar, 2015, short doc.), The Dam (Le Barrage, 2022).

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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
   
Director: Ali Cherri
Screenplay: Ali Cherri, Geoffroy Grison, Bertrand Bonello
Dir. of Photography: Bassem Fayad
Music: Robin "Rob" Coudert
Editor: Isabelle Manquillet, Nelly Quettier
Art Director: Abbas Al Khalifa
Producer: Janja Kralj
Production: KinoElektron
Coproduction: Galerie Imane Fares, DGL Travel, Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion GmbH, Trilema
Cast: Maher El Khair
Sales: Indie Sales

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Ali Cherri

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