Friday, December 26, 2008

Michael Kalatozishvili‘s Wild Field in Rabat.

Wild Field is about a doctor who lives alone in the wilderness somewhere in Russia. As we follow the story of its wonderful scenes beautifully fabricated by Michael Kalatozishvili, son of great film director Giorgi Kalatozishvili already realized a brilliant film called “Le Retour Des Seagulls” we notice a certain pace of developing his protagonist,the doctor.Kalatozishvilis are a Russian dynasty of intelligent cinema whose effort are to convey Russian beauty and Art through movies.

In this movie, The doctor,a handsome young man trying to give a hand to the people living around in this deserted place,seems to be calm and more communicative. We do not know at first the reason why he is there ,nor how he happens to work in this harsh place, but we understand that he works there comfortably as he receives each day patients from around his home.Yet,what strikes most is when the doctor cures a peasant from dying,because this latter has been drinking vodka for forty days,I said what strikes most is that choice of an intelligent montage nicely cut by Michel when the doctor goes to check if he gets something from his letter box around his ranch.

The method of subjectivity works beautifully well as we understand that may be our doctor is waiting for something special and that the director wants us to believe that his character is nostalgic and somewhat tragic may be looking for something hidden either love, tenderness or human comfort. This scene becomes more stronger and revealing when a voice off of a sweet Russian song comes out to confirm the feeling of the character’s state of mind.This cut of this scene has a tremendous effect on me and no doubt on the audience . When I ask Michael Kalatozishvili about why we are going to see his movie on DVD, he replies that this matter is out of his control,because he prefers evidently silver screen .Besides, the original copy is only in Russian and that his copy burnt to DVD is subtitled in english, unfortunately Agdal cinema-goers proudly named themselves KAD-M which is an association based in Rabat who organized this cinematic soirée on the 24th of December 2008,have succeeded to make us happy by this genre of films. They know only Russian language, because most of KAD-M audience was x-soviet union students.

As we enjoy the magnificent events of Michael Kalatozishvili’s movie, we are surprised later to find out that our doctor has been surveilled by a silhouette from a mountain near his ranch. The doctor at first does not care much about it .
Yet, we will discover later that this silhouette is about a mysterious man living in the wild who will ironically cause the death of our young doctor after this latter has cured him from his mysterious wounds.

FIFM has honored Michael Kalatozishvili by giving him "l'Etoile D'or Grand prix du festival de Marrakech",because he has simply realized a beautiful film and no doubt that unforgotten soliloquy of that Russian bureaucrat who comes to pay our doctor up to his ranch ,questioning himself “ Why has God abandoned us, we Russians ? “ this echoes may be an attempt of coming back a weary state called Russia .

Written by Allal El Alaoui

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

George W “Shoes” wakens up a shoe Intifada.

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Muntadar Zaidi becomes an Arab hero with his surprising shoe shooting at George W Bush ,the most powerful president of the world .Millions of internet - goers around the world through youtube comment on this affair by stating that Muntadar was as good as that courageous pilot who flew from east to west during the cold war for the sake of peace . Muntadar Zaidi has dared to throw his shoes at the president because he thought that Bush was the cause of humiliating his country;Iraq and also he this latter,according to the Arab street, committed war crimes against innocent Muslims .However, too many international and Arab journalists disagree about this historic event made by Muntader .

MP members in Syria have fully supported Muntadar Zaidi and also the United Arab lawyers who confirm that they will defend Muntadar Zaidi with all their means. The Islamic world has been betrayed by Washington administration in the name of inserting democracy in thier states ,but on the contrary we see only The U S A government support Arab dictatorial regimes for the sake of interests .According to a middle eastern journalist,these dictatorial regimes will soon fall down by a gentle Intifada of throwing shoes .

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

The professional card does nothing to Omar Chanbouth

Yesterday death took Hassan Skalli, today it does with Omar Chanbouth.He is One of the smart stage Moroccan actors who has gone for ever.It is officially known that Omar has been ill since last ramadan.Yet, only few fidel friends come to see our beloved actor,but others are busy to work or enjoy this life which upitifully snached our Casablanca artists called Omar .

Goodby Omar and may Allah have mercy upon your beautiful soul.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Marrakech in laughter but without Ahmed Snoussi

Marrakech is becoming international .That is sure .Today is the humain rights day and millioms of people around the globe are celebrating it wih pride and joy namely people in jail either of their thoughts or something else.Yet,Marrakech decides to become more cosmopolitan than ever by seducing again people from the world and is keen to make Marrakechis and the world in laughter without having negative thoughts stated by Shakespear,too much ado about nothing . Unfortunately , we were sad to know that the Moroccan icon of humour is not well invited. it is about Ahmed Snoussi known as Bziz.

Bziz is feared by many because of his truthful word and his political satire unlike Said Naciri whose humour is more social and pro-governement but funny enough to make Marrakech laugh.Too many humorists of Morocco are surprisedly ignored by the festival stating forexample El Khiyari ,Abderraouf, Fahid and so forth...

So, The International Festival of Laughter has started with its godfather; Said Nacirri proudly named by Foad Khairi ,a journalist and animator of his festival .Both men have eventually succeeded to make us laugh by bringing from abroad young talented people supported magnificently by Ismail ,a french born Algerian who said brilliant things on laughter.Arabs and Berbers living in France must not forget Ismail,because he was simply the pionner to tell the western world that the Arabs are humain and creative .They can suffer ,laugh, make love,die like anybody else and a merry heart doeth good like a medicine;but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Allal El Alaoui

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Mafia in cinema and movies.

Too many Moroccan film-makers still wait the moment to realize movies dealing with Mafia.This word derives from Italy and it is not really confirmed to exist in Morooco despite the keeeness of free-lance journalists stating that Morocco has itself Mafia-like people controling finance,politics and military.

Mafia exists welll in becomes a common word and for so many, Mafia is dangerous to democracy just the case of Roberto Savianoa ,writer of a famous book called Gomorra screened by Matteo Garrone .Roberto Savianoa is now in full controll of police surveillance and he is not to appear in mercato italiano or to go simply to the cinema.Unlike some directors ,writers and actors in Hollywood supported by Mafia in America,Roberto is becoming a persona non grata as far as mafia is concerned.Italian govenement is embarrassed by the full invasion of Mafia in every sector financially,economically and politically .

Moroccan people does not have to be scared of Mafia because simply we do not have democracy and freedom of speech still bizarre words to the Moroccan Intelligencia whereas Italians ,they do not sleep these days ,because their true democratic institutions are at risk .Because we want to see Morocco and Italy altogether very democratic,we fully support those who fight for democracy and freedom of speech especially Roberto Savianoa.

Allal El Alaoui

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