THE CURSE (16', Marocco, 2012)

 

A powerful social parable about the conflict between the personal freedom and the social conventions. The young, still unmarried Fatine is caught in an intimate moment with her lover by a small village boy, soon followed by a whole group of children, who start to blackmail her, threatening to reveal her secret. Deeply frightened by the public disdain, she gradually succumbs to their pressure. What seems to be initially a game, soon becomes a dangerous sliding down into human (self)degradation. Fatine gets into prostitution for a bag of candy and a Coke. More than a victim of society, she becomes a victim of herself. The fact that the perpetrators are children makes the situation even more threatening and oppresive.

Director: FYZAL BOULIFA

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Cast: IBTISSAM ZABARA

Screenplay: FYZAL BOULIFA

Cinematography: TAINA GALIS

Editing: FYZAL BOULIFA, TAINA GALIS

Sound: DAVID MASON

Producer: GAVIN HUMPHRIES, KARIM DEBBAGH

Production: QUARK FILMS



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Director's contact: fyzalboulifa[at]gmail[dot]com

 

 

FYZAL BOULIFA is a British filmmaker of Moroccan descent. He is the writer and director of several short films including BURN MY BODY, described by Sight & Sound as 'extreme', 'unfortunate' and 'expertly directed', and WHORE, winner of Best UK Short at London East End Film Festival and Grand Prix du Jury at Angers Premiers Plans 2010.

 

Best Short Film Prize - Directors' Fortnight, Cannes 2012 / London BFI 2012 / Hampton Film Festival US 2012 / Best Film Award - Fujifilm Shorts Competition 2012

 

THE CURSE itself could be many things; the sudden and strange appearance of the children is almost supernatural, like an instant karma punishment for Fatine's transgression. In Arabic, the title ('al-laana') suggests the kind of curse only God can decree. In English, “the curse” is slang for menstruation, recalling societal fear at unmediated female sexuality and sexual guilt. Perhaps THE CURSE is something even bigger – the social position, the time and the place Fatine has been born into – the cross she has no choice but to bear – and the very thing it means to an individual.” (FYZAL BOULIFA)

 

“THE CURSE is a breath-taking imago mundi, a parable portraying humanity. The children (scary homo ludens) blackmailing Fatine seem to play initially, but this is no ordinary game: they play with broken feelings, with judgments. Society seems to become a prison. Becoming captive of their rude game, Fatine has no other choice than acting how they dictate. In a capitalist world where Twix, Mars and Coca-Cola seem to value much more than someone’s integrity, ethical values are replaced by instincts.  When everything might come to an end, the curse is only beginning: it’s a game with more than one round, it might last a lifetime. The cast is absolutely captivating: unprofessional actors fill the screen with their striking expressiveness.” (Ioana Mischie, BIEFF 2012)

 

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