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About Some Meaningless Events (1974)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Crime, Drama | 18 March 2021 (USA)
In search of a subject for their film, a group of directors ask passers-by about their expectations of Moroccan cinema in the streets and bars of Casablanca.

Director:

Mostafa Derkaoui
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Credited cast:
Nour Abdellatif Nour Abdellatif
Salah Eddine Benmoussa Salah Eddine Benmoussa
Mohamed Derham Mohamed Derham
Mostapha Dziri Mostapha Dziri
Salah Eddine Salah Eddine
Abbas Fassi-Fihri Abbas Fassi-Fihri
Khalid Jamai Khalid Jamai
Abdelkader Moutaa Abdelkader Moutaa
Mostafa Nissabouri Mostafa Nissabouri
Aïcha Saâdoun Aïcha Saâdoun
Mohamed Zefzaf Mohamed Zefzaf
Hamid Zoughi Hamid Zoughi
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A team of filmmakers in search of a theme asks young residents of Casablanca about their expectations and their relationship to Moroccan cinema. When they witness a crime committed by an unsatisfied dock worker who accidentally kills his boss, they are interested in this particular case. The investigation of the motifs will encourage them to rethink their conception of cinema and the role of the artist in society. Written by SIB

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For many years, the negatives of this film were lost, but in 2016, Léa Morin, French historian and researcher expert in Moroccan cinema and founder of the Atelier de l'Observatoire (Art et Recherche) of Casablanca (Morocco), followed the trail of materials until find them in the archive of Filmoteca de Catalunya. In the summer of 2017, a collaboration agreement was signed between Mostafa Derkaoui and Filmoteca de Catalunya for the 4K digital restoration of the film. Scanning, injury restoration and sound and color correction was carried out in 2018 by the 2CR team and external collaborators Ferran Alberich and Manel Almiñana. A restoration carried out jointly with the Atelier de l'Observatoire (Art et Recherche) of Casablanca and the complicity and supervision of Mostafa and Abdelkrim Derkaoui, director and director of photography of the film, respectively. See more »

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An essential movie
21 January 2021 | by MiguelAReinaSee all my reviews

In the documentary "Before the dying of the light" (Ali Essafi, 2020) this film was taken as a reference to the emergence of Moroccan culture cut off by extremism. An example of a narrative whose line between fiction and documentary is blurred, it explores the filming process, the search for "truth in cinema." It is a magnificent reflection on the goal of making films, a vibrant vision of Casablanca in the seventies, a necessary commitment to the effervescence of intelligent culture.


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Country:

Morocco

Language:

Arabic | French

Release Date:

18 March 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De quelques événements sans signification See more »

Filming Locations:

Casablanca, Morocco

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Basma Production See more »
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Color (35 mm version)
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