Marinheiro das montanhas (Mariner of the Mountains), 2021, Karim Aïnouz

Marinheiro das montanhas (Mariner of the Mountains)

Director: Karim Aïnouz. BR/FR/DE, 2021, 98 min. Arabian/Tamazight/French with English subtitles
 
In Marinheiro das montanhas, the Brazilian filmmaker travels to Algeria, the land where his father was born, to get to know the place and learn more about his origins. It is a classic moment in the life of anyone who reaches a certain age: the need to find out more about the history of their family. And even more so in cases like Aïnouz's, in which travels, disappearances, and mysteries have obscured much of the story. The film is structured like a travel diary. There isn't (or doesn't seem to be) a film crew. It's the director, camera in hand, capturing his experiences that begin when he arrives in Algiers and has to deal with suspicious looks from the authorities and people on the streets. Little by little, he starts to feel more and more "at home" as he goes deeper into the local customs, meeting people and giving space to their testimonies on camera. Alongside the journey that Karim undertakes to the small town where his father was born and in which some distant relatives still live, Marinheiro will also tell the story of his family. The "technical" limitations of this type of shooting are not annoying or uncomfortable. Rather, they perfectly capture what is ultimately a revealing experience. (Diego Lerer)

Screening dates:

Fr 29.10.2021 18:30
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