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March 28th – April 2nd, 2017 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului & Cinema Elvire Popesco / the 7th edition


Directed by: 
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 18:00
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 16:30
Written by: 
Ismaïl Bahri
Ismaïl Bahri
Ismaïl Bahri
Thierry Bertomeu
Olivier Marboeuf
Spectre Productions & La Fabrique Phantom
Romanian Premiere
In Foyer, art takes to the streets, as Ismaïl Bahri walks through Tunis with his camera, capturing the city and its inhabitants. The subversive element of this artistic travelogue lies precisely in the white piece of paper that obscures the lens, creating in effect an unexpected representation of reality, which changes in shade and tone according to the whimsy of the wind. Bahri’s barrier-curtain invites new discourse on ways of seeing, in effect offering new take on Plato’s cave, where the screen becomes the agora of ideas and opinions and everything from art to economy and politics come under debate. Simplicity is beauty, and in Foyer’s case, poetry as well, for what is more powerful than seeing our world compressed onscreen in its purest form, as light waves blend together onto cinema’s canvas to form an abstract-yet-so-familiar representation of reality? (Andrei Tănăsescu, BIEFF 2017)

Ismail Bahri

Ismaïl Bahri studied art in Paris and in Tunis, his hometown. His work incorporates many cultural and aesthetic references, developing visual experiments that are both sensitive and precise. The results of these experiments take varying forms – drawings, videos, photographs, installations, and hybrids of these forms. The basic materials used in these works are manipulated and ultimately transformed, often through mechanically inspired gestures and procedures that are related, in one way or another, to cinema or photography. His filmography includes Orientations (2012), Film (2012), Ligne (2011), Attraction (2011), Dénouement (2011), Orientations (2010)Ismaïl Bahri lives and works between Paris, Lyon and Tunis.

Festivals, awards: 
  • Toronto International Film Festival - Wavelengths
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam
  • FIDMarseille
  • Kassel Dokfest, Germany
  • New York Film Festival
  • FILMADRID Festival Internacional de Cine, Madrid 2017
  • Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea
  • Courtisane Festival, Film and Media Art, Belgium
  • Transcinema Festival of Non-Fiction, Lima 2016
  • Les Rencontres du Cinéma Arabe, Marseille
Director's statement:
is a film resulting from experiments in filming with a sheet of white paper placed in front of the camera, a few centimetres from the lens. The intention behind it, very simple at first, was to take the camera onto the streets of Tunis and observe the way that this dividing element taints itself with the surrounding light, vibrates according to the movements of the air, darkens with the passage of a cloud or when a person or object gets too close... This experiment shifted when passers-by, attracted by this device, approached me to question me and talk. I then understood that these words and voices filled this blank paper both with poetic and political content, as subtle as it was unexpected. The film appeared somewhat in the way a roll of film is impressed by light when exposed to it: it was progressively affected by what happened to it, the environment in which it was shot. (Ismaïl Bahri)