Shot in one frame with a steady camera in front of a wall in a Moroccan town, Le Mur records the bizarre, joyful and gloomy events taking place on an ordinary day in a highly banal place. A thread in the works of the Moroccan director and actor, the wall becomes a proscenium for life, an element of transgression, a metaphor of individual and social connections and clashes, also questioning the role of an artist involved in a wide range of means of expression.
Director, writer and actor Faouzi Bensaïdi was born in Meknès, Morocco, in 1968.
After completing a diploma at the Dramatic Arts Institute of Rabat, he started working in theater. In 1995, he moved to Paris to study at the National Academy of Dramatic Arts. He directed his first short film, La Falaise, in 1998; it earned several awards and toured a number of festivals. The following year, he collaborated with veteran French filmmaker André Téchiné on the script of Loin. In 2000, he directed two shorts, Le Mur and Trajets; the first received an award at Cannes; the second, at Venice. In 2003, his first feature film, A Thousand Months (Alf Shahr), was screened at Cannes in “Un Certain Regard,” winning the Prix de la Jeunesse and the Prix Premier Regard. —Africultures