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Le Fort des fous
French, Greek, English, Arabic (with English subtitles); 140 min
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Locarno
Le Fort des fous - Narimane Mari
France, Qatar, Greece, Germany, Algeria, Switzerland, 2017, 140 min

Production: Centrale Electrique, Xenia Film

Departing from material records of the early colonial scientific expeditions and taming campaigns led by the French colonizers in North Africa, the story follows a community of young nomads and wanderers as they form an imagined utopian society in response to imperialist rule.
Reenactments, improvisations, and interviews performed and conducted with the inhabitants of Algiers, Kythira Island, and the Prosfygika community in Athens inform this work as instances of alternative temporality and autonomous space that reflects on the displacement and re-appropriation of the telling of history and re-activates memories as resistance strategies.

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Narimane Mari
Narimane Mari

Born in Algiers, Narimane Mari creates cultural content for various media and has founded two production companies in Algeria: Centrale Electrique and Allers-Retours, both aiming to help directors and artists engaged with their contemporary history. She has directed directed several films including PROLOGUE (2007) and BLOODY BEANS (2013). Her latest film is LE FORT DES FOUS (2017), world premiere at the Locarno Festival.