Roundabout in My Head

  • Algeria
  • France
  • Lebanon
  • Qatar
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Despite the title, the decor does not contain any road elements and we find ourselves in a slaughterhouse in Algiers. Retained within such a framework so frequently described by the cinema, one might expect a show of cruelty (a word which literally means flowing blood). It is not. The slaughterhouse here is primarily a huis-clos, meaning a theatre stage on which some characters, who have taken up residence, develop. These men are the heroes (because this universe is exclusively male), young and old, and no steer, dead or alive, will steal the show from them. We remember Tarzan, Don Quixote and Us (FIDMarseille 2014), where the young Hassen Ferhani already handled with virtuosity, humour and precision, an eager-to-describe camera, rather than the broader context of singular fi gures. Even more so here, if something of a group portrait is targeted, after having given space to each character to exist in its complexity, in its fragility, in its innocence as in the science that is its own, like the worker-storyteller who seriously discusses the choice of the title of the fi lm being made. FIDMarseille 2015

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  • Original title
    Fi rassi rond-point
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Hassen Ferhani
  • DOP
    Hassen Ferhani
  • Editing
    Myriam Aycaguer, Narimane Mari, Hassen Ferhani, Corentin Doucet
  • Sound
    Djamel Kerkar, Antoine Morin
  • Duration
    101 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Algeria
    • France
    • Lebanon
    • Qatar
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • FIDMarseille 2015
  • Awards
    • Grand Prix of the French Competition and Special Mention of the Prize GNCR, FIDMarseille 2015 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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