Burning Casablanca (Zanka Contact)

  • Burning Casablanca (Zanka Contact)
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title : زنقة كونطاكت
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2019
Format : Feature
Running time : 120 (in minutes)
http://www.facebook.com/zankacontact/

In hellish Casablanca, a car-crash sets ablaze a burning, passionate love story between has-been rocker Larsen and the streetwise amazon Rajae. An unspoken trauma is their common history; rock'n'roll their mutual saviour. Larsen's snakeskin-covered guitar and Rajae's liquid gold voice could be heaven, if only everything from his drug-induced visions to her music-buff pimp didn't get in the way. The only hope for their blooming romance is to skip this ferocious town. Is there a way out of this crazy Moroccan underworld with its menagerie of sadistic cops, venomous snakes, metal concerts and shotgun-wielding modern-day Calamity Janes? For these punk Romeo and Juliet, maybe the answer lies in a song-the one they've been writing and dreaming together: Zanka Contact.

A film by Ismaël EL IRAKI

starring
Khansa Batma, Ahmed Hammoud, Saïd Bey, Abderrahmane Oubihem, Mourad Zaoui, Fatima Attif

Morocco / France / Belgium, 2020, fiction, 2h00, Romance / Thriller / Western, DCP, 5.1 - Interdit -12

Genres : Romance, Thriller, Western
Support distribution : DCP
Format Son : 5.1
RESTRICTIONS : Interdit aux moins de 12 ans
Genres : Romance, Thriller, Western, DCP, 5.1 - Interdit -12




Director's Quote:
Zanka Contact mixes western and romance, violence and laughter, rock ‘n' roll and traditional desert music. It is directly inspired by the crazy mix of western and eastern influences that is Casablanca. I hope it will do it justice.

Original Title: Zanka Contact
Other Title (in France): Burning Casablanca
Running Time: 120'
Country: Morocco, France, Belgium
Year of production: 2020
Type: Fiction
Language: Arabic, English
Genres: Rock and romantic road-movie between thriller and musical film

Director's statement
In my mind, Zanka Contact is not a film but a wild fire. The desire for this movie consumed me like a flame, devouring everything in its path. Everything I love: 1970s Moroccan rock bands and Italian westerns, silver skull rings and powerful women characters; the dream of live music on 35mm Cinemascope and the street poetry of Casablanca's slang. The fire fed on everything I dread too, mixing it all into a flaming cocktail stirred by unhinged fiction. To me, emotion is the only reality.
As an African filmmaker I want to claim my right to fiction, to imagination, to a territory seldom occupied by films from my region. Cinema is not about the subject; it's not even about the story. It's a spell we fall under: it's a belief in magic. That, to me, is the political stance of Zanka Contact: to claim a part in this shared dream, not for its subject but for its witchcraft.

Producers:
Saïd Hamich Benlarbi (Barney Production)
Saïd Hamich Benlarbi (Mont Fleuri Production),
Sebastian Schelenz (Velvet Films)

Director: Ismaël el Iraki
Screenwriter: Ismaël el Iraki
Cinematographer: Benjamin Rufi
Editor: Camille Mouton
Production Designer: Adrien Ernandez
Costume Designer: Alice Eyssartier
Music: Alexandre Tartière, Neyl Nejjai
Sound: Fabrice Osinski, Fred Meert, Ingrid Simon, Manu de Boissieu
Visual Effects: Steve Jama, Cavern FX

Main Cast:
Khansa Batma.................... Rajae
Ahmed Hammoud............... Larsen
Saïd Bey.............................
Abderrahmane Oubihem......
Mourad Zaoui......................
Fatima Attif..........................

PRODUCTION:
Barney Production (Saïd Hamich Benlarbi),
Mont Fleuri Production (Saïd Hamich Benlarbi),
Velvet Films (Sebastian Schelenz)

FUNDING:
Avance sur recettes avant production (Centre Cinématographique Marocain), Aide aux Cinémas du Monde (CNC), Tax Shelter, Fédération de Wallonie Bruxelles, Fonds Image de la Francophonie (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie), Doha Film Institute, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)

DISTRIBUTION (France)
UFO distribution
www.ufo-distribution.com/movie/burning-casablanca-zanka-contact/

PRODUCTION - CONTACTS

Saïd Hamich Benlarbi - Barney Production
17 rue de Pali Kao
75020 - Paris, France
Tel. +33 0972527496
said(@)barneyproduction.com
rym(@)barneyproduction.com

Saïd Hamich Benlarbi - Mont Fleuri Production
23 rue Jean Jaurés
20000 - Casablanca, Morocco
Tel. +212 0522490978
said(@)montfleuriproduction.com
https://montfleuriproduction.com/en/blog/2018/11/24/2001_zanka-contact-en/

Sebastian Schelenz - Velvet Films
107 avenue Besme
1190 - Brussels, Belgium
Tel. +32 0485748924
sebastian(@)velvetfilms.be

OFFICIAL WEBSITE
www.facebook.com/zankacontact/

French release: 03 November 2021


FESTIVALS

2020 | 부산국제영화제 Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), South Korea, October 2020
* Official Selection

2020 | BFI London Film Festival, UK, October 2020
* Official Selection

2020 | 77th La Biennale di Venezia | 2.09 - 12.09 2020, Italy
* Sélection : section Orizzonti
* Première Mondiale (World Premiere)
*ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS to:Khansa Batma
www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/2020/orizzonti/zanka-contact
www.labiennale.org/en/news/official-awards-77th-venice-film-festival

2019 | Marrakech International Film Festival (Atlas Ateliers), Morocco
* Atlas Award in post production

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IT

In una Casablanca infernale, un incidente d'auto è la miccia che accende un'ardente, appassionata storia d'amore tra Larsen, ex musicista rock, e Rajae, amazzone cresciuta alla scuola della strada. In comune hanno un trauma taciuto, ma il rock'n'roll può significare per entrambi la salvezza. La chitarra di Larsen, ricoperta di pelle di serpente, e la voce di Rajae, simile a oro liquido, potrebbero diventare il paradiso, se soltanto ogni cosa, dalle visioni di lui provocate dalla droga al protettore di lei esperto di musica, non si mettesse in mezzo. L'unica speranza per il loro amore è andarsene da una città così spietata. Esiste un modo per sfuggire alla pazzesca malavita marocchina, con il suo serraglio di poliziotti sadici, serpenti velenosi, concerti metal e contemporanee Calamity Jane, con tanto di fucile? Per questi Romeo e Giulietta punk, forse la risposta è nascosta in una canzone, quella che stanno scrivendo e sognando insieme: Zanka Contact.

film di Ismaël EL IRAKI

Francia / Marocco / Belgio, 2020, fiction, 1h40

con Khansa Batma, Ahmed Hammoud, Saïd Bey, Abderrahmane Oubihem, Mourad Zaoui, Fatima Attif

Commento del regista
Nella mia mente, Zanka Contact non è un film, ma un incendio incontrollato. Il desiderio di fare questo film mi ha consumato come una fiamma che divora tutto al suo passaggio. Tutto ciò che amo: le rock band marocchine degli anni Settanta, i western italiani, gli anelli d'argento a forma di teschio, le donne dal carattere forte, il sogno di musica live in Cinemascope 35mm e la poesia della strada nello slang di Casablanca. Il fuoco si è nutrito anche di tutto quello che mi fa paura, mescolando ogni cosa in un cocktail fiammeggiante, agitato da un racconto squinternato. Per me, l'emozione è l'unica realtà. Da regista africano, rivendico il diritto alla finzione, all'immaginazione, a un territorio di rado occupato da film girati nella mia terra. Il cinema non è l'argomento, né la storia. È un incantesimo di cui diventiamo prigionieri: significa credere nella magia. Questa, per me, è la linea politica di Zanka Contact: rivendicare un ruolo in questo sogno condiviso, non per l'argomento, ma per la sua magia.

Durata: 120'
Lingua: Arabo, inglese
Paesi: Francia, Marocco, Belgio

Produzione:
Barney Production (Saïd Hamich Benlarbi), Mont Fleuri Production (Saïd Hamich Benlarbi), Velvet Films (Sebastian Schelenz)

Regia: Ismaël el Iraki
Fotografia: Benjamin Rufi
Montaggio: Camille Mouton
Scenografia: Adrien Ernandez
Costumi: Alice Eyssartier
Musica: Alexandre Tartière, Neyl Nejjai
Suono: Fabrice Osinski, Fred Meert, Ingrid Simon, Manu de Boissieu
Effetti visivi: Steve Jama, Cavern FX

Interpreti:
Khansa Batma.................... Rajae
Ahmed Hammoud............... Larsen
Saïd Bey.............................
Abderrahmane Oubihem......
Mourad Zaoui......................
Fatima Attif..........................

PRODUZIONE/DISTRIBUZIONE

PRODUZIONE 1:
Saïd Hamich Benlarbi - Barney Production
17 rue de Pali Kao
75020 - Paris, France
Tel. +33 0972527496
said(@)barneyproduction.com
rym(@)barneyproduction.com

PRODUZIONE 2:
Saïd Hamich Benlarbi - Mont Fleuri Production
23 rue Jean Jaurés
20000 - Casablanca, Morocco
Tel. +212 0522490978
said(@)montfleuriproduction.com
https://montfleuriproduction.com/en/blog/2018/11/24/2001_zanka-contact-en/

PRODUZIONE 3:
Sebastian Schelenz - Velvet Films
107 avenue Besme
1190 - Brussels, Belgium
Tel. +32 0485748924
sebastian(@)velvetfilms.be

FESTIVALS

2021 / 42nd DIFF - Durban International Film festival - DURBAN, South Africa - From 22 July-1 August 2021.
* Selection
www.durbanfilmfest.com/film/zanka-contact/

2021 | 10th Luxor African Film Festival - LAFF 2021 (Luxor, Egypt) - March 26th - April 1st, 2021
* Best Film (Long Narrative)
luxorafricanfilmfestival.com/fr/Festival/Film/Long%20Narrative/Zanka%20Contact

2020 | 77th La Biennale di Venezia | 2.09 - 12.09 2020, Italia
* Orizzonti
* PREMIO ORIZZONTI PER LA MIGLIORE INTERPRETAZIONE FEMMINILE a: Khansa Batma
www.labiennale.org/it/cinema/2020/orizzonti/zanka-contact
www.labiennale.org/it/news/official-awards-77th-venice-film-festival


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زنقة كونطاكت


ملخص الفيلم: يكشف الفيلم فردوساً رومنسياً ورحلة مليئة بالأحداث لعازف سابق لموسيقى الروك وفتاة ليل ذات صوت ذهبي في مدينة كازابلانكا. يحاول الرجل الإقلاع عن تعاطي الهيرويين بينما تحاول هي الهروب من حياة الشارع. لا يجدان أمامهما مخرجاً سوى الموسيقى. يقلب حبهما المغرب رأساً على عقب لتظهر البلاد بصورة غير معروفة، ليلية وخطيرة


الدولة: فرنسا، المغرب، بيلجيكا

سنة الانتاج: 2020

مدة العرض: 120 دقيقة

إخراج: إسماعيل العراقي

سيناريو: إسماعيل العراقي

تصوير: بنجامين روفي

مونتاج: كاميل موتون

بطولة: خنسة باطمه، أحمد حامود، سيد بيه، عبد الرحمن اوبيحيم، مراد زاعوي. فاطيمة عاطف

القسم: مسابقة الأفلام الطويلة
LAFF 2021
http://luxorafricanfilmfestival.com/ar/Festival/Film/Long%20Narrative/Zanka%20Contact

Summary for official catalogues

Dans un Casablanca déjanté, la passion brûlante de Larsen le rocker en peau de serpent et de Rajae l'Amazone des rues met le feu à un Maroc inattendu dans cette histoire d'amour, de trauma et de rock n'roll.

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