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143 Sahara Street
(143 rue du désert)

by Hassen FERHANI


Cinema has often fallen under the spell of the desert and the road. For his second feature after the remarkable Roundabout in My Head, Hassen Ferhani has replaced the temptation to drift into road-movie land by the inevitable need for a stop-over. For the span of the film, he fixes a point on the map of southern Algeria to serve as his address and film title. Within the confined space shrouded in darkness, he takes a distance from his previous documentary to let the burn of a scorching sun seep out from 143 rue du Désert. Here, instead of a roundabout, a shack at a crossroad, where the single and elderly Malika serves omelettes, tinned tuna, bread, coffee and tea to passing travellers and backpackers, and truck drivers who stop by regularly. Presiding over her small table, Malika opens up her house, like a stone offering itself up to the whims of the winds, to the murmur of a distant world amplified by the conversations. Implicitly, the portrait clearly etches an other intersection between reality and its metaphor: that of a country at the side of the road. JB

  • Titre français
    143 rue du désert
  • Original title
    143 rue du désert
  • Titre international
    143 Sahara Street
  • Scénario
    Hassen FERHANI
  • Photo
    Hassen FERHANI
  • Montage
    Stéphanie Sicard, Nadia Ben Rachid, Nina Khada, Hassen Ferhani
  • Son
    Antoine MORIN
  • Musique
    Mohamed Ilyas GUETAL
  • Interprétation
    MALIKA, Samir EL HAKIM, Chawki AMARI
  • Production
    Allers Retours Films, Centrale Électrique
  • Coproduction
    Narimane Mari, Olivier Boischot
  • Prix obtenus
    Prix du meilleur réalisateur émergent au festival de Locarno
  • Support de projection
  • Sous-titrage

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