ZANKA CONTACT

11/13/2021 10:00 pm – Murnau-Filmtheater

France/Belgium/Morocco 2020 115 min Arabic original version with English subtitles
Local premiere

Script: Ismaël el Iraki, DoP: Benjamin Rufi, Editor: Camille Mouton, Production: Barney Production, Mont Fleuri Production, Producer: Saïd Hamich Benlarbi, Music: Alexandre Tartière, Cast: Khansa Batma, Ahmed Hammoud, Saïd Bey

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 savior. 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”.

Ismaël El Iraki, born in 1983, lives in Casablanca/Morocco and Paris, where he studied directing at La Fémis. In his awarded short films (Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand), he reinvents genre tropes relocated to his native Morocco. Passionate about live music, he founded a concert recording company in Paris, shot photos for music bands and made a video installation for the 2014 Architecture Biennale in Venice. ZANKA CONTACT is his first feature.

Filmography: 2007 CARCASSE, 2009 H’RASH (both short films), 2020 ZANKA CONTACT

Awards: Award for Best Actress in the section “Orizzonti” (Venice International Film Festival, Italy 2020), Award for Best Feature Film (Luxor African Film Fest, Egypt 2021)

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