143 rue du désert

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143 rue du désert

143 Sahara Street

Hassen Ferhani
Algerien/F/Katar, 2019
Features, 100min, OmeU

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143 rue du désert

Hassen Ferhani
Algerien/F/Katar, 2019
Features, 100min, OmeU

Sa
26
Okt
13:30
Urania
Mit: 
Malika
Chawki Amari
Samir Elhakim
and the drivers of National 1 Road
Drehbuch: 
Hassen Ferhani
Ton: 
Mohamed Ilyas Guetal
Antoine Morin
Kamera: 
Hassen Ferhani
Schnitt: 
Stéphanie Sicard
Nadia Ben Rachid
Nina Khada
Hassen Ferhani

Produktion: 
Allers Retours Films
Centrale Electrique
Doha Filminstitute
Weltvertrieb: 
Narimane Mari
Format: 
DCP
Farbe

Wüstenstraße Nr. 143 – die Hausnummer ist natürlich erfunden, aber hier, an der Route nationale 1, die durch den algerischen Teil der Sahara führt, hat die resolute Malika ihren Laden: einen Quader aus Beton, an dem Fernfahrer und Reisende Station machen, um Kaffee zu trinken, Zigaretten zu rauchen, eine Kleinigkeit zu essen. Und natürlich, um sich zu unterhalten, auszutauschen über den Stand der Dinge und die Lage im Land. Und also hält in diesem umgedrehten Roadmovie die ganze Welt Einzug – in Reflexionen über religiösen Fanatismus, wirtschaftliche Krisen, Politisches wie Privates – und verdichtet sich an einem winzigen Ort im Wüsten-Nirgendwo zu wahrer Größe. (Alexandra Seitz)

 

143 RUE DU DESERT is a portrait of Malika, an elderly woman who runs a rest-stop café on the side of National 1, Algeria's main highway. Through the various patrons who stop for eggs, coffee or tea, we become intimately acquainted with this eccentric woman, whose opinions on a variety of subject matters entertain, enlighten, and baffle in equal measure. Most of the customers know her so well that we suspect they perhaps stop not for the tea, but for her company. The film almost never leaves the inside of her small café, which serves also as her home. However, with every new shot, Ferhani manages to reveal a new fragment of this minuscule space, which keeps the film surprisingly dynamic. Ferhani does not hold sway over Malika's representation, which is one of the most satisfying elements of the film. Malika seems aware of her character's cinematic construction, and even dares to contradict statements about her life from one moment to the next, in a scene that is as performative as any fiction. Even though the film provides us with real-time access to this woman's world, she retains a sense of privacy, which is the main source of the film’s mystery. (Nico Pereda)

Hassen Ferhani: LES BAIES D’ALGER (2006, K), LE VOL DU 140 (2008, K), AFRIC HOTEL (2010, Ko-Regie), TARZAN, DON QUICHOTTE ET NOUS (2013), ROUNDABOUT IN MY HEAD (2016)