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Death for sale – Faouzi Bensaïdi 2012

ART CINEMA AWARD – BERLINALE // PANORAMA 2012

Synopsis: Three friends strive to preserve their loyalty to each other in spite of a corrupt society. These young men live in Tétouan, an impoverished Moroccan city. Soufiane, the youngest, spends his days pilfering. Allal, the oldest, is trying to gain a foothold as a drug dealer. Malik falls in love with Dounia who works as a prostitute in a night club. The three friends part to make their own way in life, but before long it looks as though their futures will founder in a maelstrom of violence, greed, jealousy and betrayal. Seeing no other way out, they decide to get together and raid a jeweller’s shop. The film opens with Malik walking towards Dounia, silently laughing. Behind her, knots of video tape float up from a rubbish dump like paper dragons. Faouzi Bensaïdi gives his relaxed young actors plenty of room to manoeuvre. His work casts a spell on account of a visual style that is both laconic and powerful and demonstrates how each friend’s dream of happiness only serves to drive a wedge between them. Beneath permanently leaden city clouds they nonetheless find a way to treat each other with generosity and trust.

The verdict of the Jury

Les membres du jury CICAE pour la section Panorama ont décerné leur prix à DEATH FOR SALE, le troisième long-métrage du cinéqste marocain Faouzy Bensaïdi

  • pour sa réflexion à la fois respectueuse et originale sur le genre du “film noir”
  • pour sa puissance tragique et émotionnelle
  • pour sa force de document sur la situation sans issue d’une certaine jeunesse, au moment de l’éclosion des printemps arabes
  • pour son ambition esthétique et son point de vue de cinéaste. 

Le Jury

  • Alain Bouffartigue (FR)
  • Martyna Lach (PL)
  • Holger Ziegler (DE)

Infobox

  • Year of production: 2011
  • Cast: Fehd Benchemsi Fouad, Labiad Mouhcine, Malzi Iman Mechrafi
  • Category: Fiction
  • Duration: 117 minutes
  • Country: Belgium / France / Morocco
  • Language: Arabic
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