Les baliseurs du désert

by Nacer Khemir, Tunisia, 1984
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It is in a village lost at the bottom of the desert, a young teacher was named, to teach, but there is no school. Through the yant glance foudro of a girl, our teacher is aspired by another world to the suspended time where cĂŽtoient Thousand and One Nights. Coordinate all the hidden force of an underground memory. One of the most beautiful desert movies, in which storyteller and painter Nacer Khemir tells us the journey of a young teacher that arrives in a desert village.

Festivals & awards

Festival des trois continents Nantes
Montgolfiùre d‘or
Mostra de ValĂšncia-Cinema del Mediterranian 1985
Winner Golden Palm

Valladolid International Film Festival 1984

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Credits

Original TitleLes baliseurs du désert
TitleLes baliseurs du désert
Directed byNacer Khemir
CountryTunisia
Year1984
ScreenplayNacer Khemir
Film EditingMoufida Tlatli
SoundtrackFethi Zgonda
CinematographyGeorges Barsky
SoundFaouzi Thabet
CostumesMaud Perl
Production DesignArno Heins, Robert Nardonne.
ProductionLatif Productions-Satpec, Tunis; France MĂ©dia s.a., Paris
Formats35mm, DVD, DCP
Runtime95 min.
LanguageArabisch/d + f + e
CastSoufiane Makni, Noureddine Kasbaoui, Sonia Ichti, Abdeladhim Abdelhak, Hedi Daoud, Nacer Khemir, Hassen Khalsi, Jamila Ourabi, Hamadi Laghmani, Mohsen Zazaa, Mohamed Ayadi, Mongi Tounsi

Credits

Original TitleLes baliseurs du désert
TitleLes baliseurs du désert
Directed byNacer Khemir
CountryTunisia
Year1984
ScreenplayNacer Khemir
Film EditingMoufida Tlatli
SoundtrackFethi Zgonda
CinematographyGeorges Barsky
SoundFaouzi Thabet
CostumesMaud Perl
Production DesignArno Heins, Robert Nardonne.
ProductionLatif Productions-Satpec, Tunis; France MĂ©dia s.a., Paris
Formats35mm, DVD, DCP
Runtime95 min.
LanguageArabisch/d + f + e
CastSoufiane Makni, Noureddine Kasbaoui, Sonia Ichti, Abdeladhim Abdelhak, Hedi Daoud, Nacer Khemir, Hassen Khalsi, Jamila Ourabi, Hamadi Laghmani, Mohsen Zazaa, Mohamed Ayadi, Mongi Tounsi

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«Seine Bilder von der WĂŒste und des vom Verschwinden bedrohten Dorfes lassen einen nicht mehr los.» Le Matin

«Ce conte Ă  rĂȘver les yeux ouverts pourrait ĂȘtre un supplĂ©ment aux «Mille et une nuits». D'entrĂ©e Nacer Khemir, cinĂ©aste amoureux de la beautĂ© mystĂ©rieuse du dĂ©sert et qui interprĂšte le rĂŽle principal de l'instituteur, raconte une histoire qui nous fait Ă©chapper Ă  la rĂ©alitĂ©.» France-Soir

«The first film directed by the storyteller, illustrator and poet Nacer Khemir takes an oral legend as its starting point and turns it into a complex allegory. The director lines up mysteries, deceptions and questions without giving answers, but controls his labyrinthine tale with an unobtrusive incantatory skill, favoring the problem of time over that of space. Plain, bare and elliptical, the Tunisian’s directorial debut pays tribute to the splendor of Arab culture through a studied and painterly composition of the shots and sequences and a screenwriting steeped in poetry.» La Biennale Venezia

«Nacer Khemirs Film ist eine Hymne auf die Kindheit und ein Werk ĂŒber die Sehnsucht nach einer vergangenen Zeitepoche. Ein Bild reiht sich ans andere wie in einem uralten Traum.» CinĂ©matographie

«Ein magischer, kontemplativer Film, der weit von unserer Ruhelosigkeit und unseren Frustrationen entfernt angesiedelt ist.» Cahiers du cinéma

«Der Film besticht von Anfang an durch seine prachtvollen Bilder und seine poetische Sprache. Ganz einfach grossartig.» L'Evénement

«Man vergisst die Gewissheiten des modernen Lenens. Khemir zeigt uns die Elemente der Vergangengheit in atemberaubend schönen und sorgfÀltig ausgearbeiteten Bildern.» La Revue du Cinéma

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«Man lÀuft oft einem Traum nach, und wenn man ihn trifft, erkennt man ihn nicht.»

Nacer Khemir