Fi rassi rond-point

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Fi rassi rond-point

A Roundabout in My Head

Hassen Ferhani
Algerien/F/Katar/Libanon/NL, 2015
Documentaries, 100min, OmeU

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Fi rassi rond-point

Hassen Ferhani
Algerien/F/Katar/Libanon/NL, 2015
Documentaries, 100min, OmeU

Cast: 
Youcef
Hocine
Ali Bey
Ali et Madame Dalila
Halim
Sadek
Screenplay: 
Hassen Ferhani
Sound: 
Djamel Kerkar
Camera: 
Hassen Ferhani
Editor: 
Myriam Aycaguer
Narimane Mari
Hassen Ferhani
Corentin Doucet

Production: 
Allers Retours Films, Centrale Electrique
World Sales: 
Pascale Ramonda
Format: 
DCP
Color

The spatial common denominator of FI RASSI ROND-POINT is a slaughterhouse in Algeria, a small theatre of humanity, where drama often hands over to romantic comedy, or even to pure burlesque with a touch of surrealism. By taking the time to really get to know the employees, Hassen Ferhani obtains beautifully deep testimonies. From the two young men who speak only of true love while they butcher cows, to the old sage who has so much to share, FI RASSI ROND-POINT deploys magnificent cinematographic characters, as well as a few classic scenes. Implicitly, the film also draws a fascinating portrait of Algeria today, of its thwarted hopes, its generational conflicts, and it’s at times discouraging blockages – a portrait of Algeria going round and round in circles. (Laurence Reymond)