The Iranian Film
Yassine EL Idrissi, a film student in the Netherlands and a great admirer of Iranian cinema, tries to make a film in Morocco following the rules of Iranian filmmaking. The production of this political satire about a village in danger of being without flags on a national holiday is not without its troubles. Bureaucratic hurdles, remote locations and working with an amateur cast does not make things easy for Yassine and his friends.
In line with the Iranian masters to whom he often refers (including Abbas Kiarostami, Jafar Panahi and Mohsen Makhmalbaf), El Idrissi’s 'Iranian film' perches on the knife edge between documentary and fiction. This film about making a film feels like a spontaneous, light-hearted home movie, but meanwhile, and in an inventive and humorous way, El Idrissi investigates the state of Moroccan cinema. How come Iran has such a flourishing film culture and Morocco doesn't, despite more freedom?
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Original title الفيلم الإيراني
Countries of production Morocco, the Netherlands, Egypt
Year of production2013
Director, writer, producer Yassine El Idrissi
Camera Yassine El Idrissi, Rachid Boughanem
Editor, sound design Alexander Goekjian
Production design Yassine El Idrissi
With Yassine El Idrissi, Rachid Boughanem, Yassine Halabi, Houssine Bouhssine
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