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March 14th–20th, 2016 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Universitatea Națională de Muzică / the 6th edition

THE PARK

Directed by: 
RANDA MAROUFI
14'
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 17:00
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 17:00
Written by: 
Randa Maroufi
Cast: 
Young folk of Yasmina Park (Rayan, Walid Achouikh, Abdellah Adnan, Reda Afandi, Nora Aitlkadi, Nisrine Barakat, Achraf Beckoury, Abdellah Belkaid…)
Cinematography: 
Luca Coassin
Producer: 
Alain Fleischer
Production: 
Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains
Romanian Premiere
With the support of

Oftentimes, greener pastures veil arid realities, diverting awareness and placating concern. In the case of Casablanca’s Arab League Park, Randa Maroufi sweeps us past its green idyll and lets us loose ‘on the wrong side of its fence’. Instead of touristic leisure, our floating POV captures derelict carousels among wild vegetation and rubbish-strewn walking paths. This is the stomping ground of Morocco's urban youth, heard through fractured voice-overs as they perform in front of digital cameras for the approval of social media. Materializing this presence-as-posture through still-lifes of bodies in mid-action, The Park offers a (privileged) virtual flânerie in a space where youthful abandon and societal fears converge. (Andrei Tănăsescu, BIEFF)
Director: 

Randa Maroufi

Randa Maroufi (born in 1987 in Casablanca, Morocco, a Fine Arts graduate at Tetouan (Morocco), Angers (France) and Le Fresnoy (France) belongs to this generation that grew up in an era dominated by images. She collects them with as much eagerness as suspicion, and ceaselessly questions their veracity. She prefers to put her ambiguous fictions in the service of reality, and the field of her experimentation encompasses the occupation of public space and gender issues, of which she highlights the founding mechanisms. Her work goes through photography, installation, performance, sound and film, has been presented at major contemporary art event and film festivals such as The Marrakech Biennale, International Film Festival Rotterdam. She is currently living and working in Paris, France. Her filmography includes The Great Safae (2014) and Dear Dad (2013).

Contact: 
randamaroufi[at]hotmail[dot]com
Festivals, awards: 
  • Special Mention - International Film Festival Rotterdam 2016
  • Prix de l’ADAGP – Exhibition Panorama17, France 2015
  • New Directors/New Films, New York 2016
  • Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival 2016
  • IndieLisboa 2016
  • Festival International du Film sur l'Art, Montreal 2016
  • 25fps Film Festival, Croatia 2015
  • Winterthur International Short Film Festival 2015
  • Med Film Festival, Rome 2015
  • Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt 2015
  • Poitiers Film Festival, France 2015
Director's statement:
Desire to question different points of view and to multiply the possibilities: politically charged moments, danger frozen in time, instants before acting out... between immediacy and illusion, audience observes 'something about to happen' and is invited to accept an experience of duration. (Randa Maroufi)
 
Curatorial comment:
Actions frozen in gestures of exchange, expectation and aggression are played out following a score conducted by the artist who, in the manner of Eric Baudelaire, uses composition to explore reality. But this reality is also virtual, for these scenes come in part from a repertoire of violent self-representations found on the Internet. The artist reprises their vocabulary. Violence, she tells us, is a language, and its interpretation is a matter of context. (...) A strange vitality emanates from the gentle immobility of the silent travelling shot that drifts through the scenes acted out by the local inhabitants. Like the roughness of the vegetal and urban architecture of the abandoned park, these existences are not festive, yet they celebrate life’s endurance, a vital energy that is hidden yet tenacious. (Inès Bouaillon)