Watch the video before reading the text.
Yesterday started the 63rd Cannes Festival during which the Algerian movie “Outside of the law” will finally be shown to the public; and we should then hear and read comments from people who would actually have seen it. The polemic around Rachid Bouchareb‘s work would then broaden or just stop (unlikely) depending on the movie’s content.
At the same time, another competition, for short movies, is jointly organised by Cannes Festival and the National Film Board of Canada. And I was delighted to hear that, out of 1600 candidate projects, an Algerian movie was selected in the 10 finalists list.
Le dernier passager “The last passenger”, which is the movie’s title, is the first of its director, Mounes Khammar. And despite its 7 minutes duration and being without dialogue, we could see a number of famous Algerian actors who helped deliver the movie’s message. The main character, portrayed by Mohamed Bouchaib (known from “Ness mlah City”, “El Fhama”, “Djemai Family” and “Masquerades“, but mistaken for a French on Wikipedia), decides to suicide, and “his soul [says Khammar] before disappearing for ever, comes back to pay a last visit to his impossible loves: the woman he loves and theatre where he worked as the man who did everything”.
I let you watch this short movie, click on Like (on YouTube because this is how the competing movies are rated) if you do like it, and reflect on the message it conveys. I am not sharing my understanding of this message so I wouldn’t influence you 🙂