ISMAËL FERROUKHI

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Artist Bio

Ismaël Ferroukhi is a firmly established French-Morrocan film director and writer. Winner of the Kodak Prize of the 1993 Cannes Film Festival and Lion of the Future “Luigi De Laurentiis” Award for First Feature Film at the Venice Film Festival for Le Grand Voyage. More recently Ferroukhi has directed the film Free Men, based on a Paris Mosque in World War II that became a hiding place for Jews.

Artist Statement

{Ferroukhi} On Developing Character: The objective was not to talk about superheroes but ordinary men who end up in situations where superhero qualities are required. What is more, I wanted to tell a real life story about two Muslim protagonists without conveying clichés about a community that is both pacifist and tolerant at heart. I really wanted to "re-humanize" a community whose reputation is smeared by an extreme minority using religion for political ends.

{Ferroukhi} On Pilgrimage: For me the pilgrimage does not come down to a mere "pilgrimage to Mecca": the pilgrimage starts the day you leave your house and undertake the journey. The latter is an integral part of the pilgrimage. When the father explains why he has chosen to drive there, we understand that it is essential for him to physically feel the difficulties related to the trip. That is the outcome of his faith.

{Ferroukhi} On Filmmaking: I wanted to break loose from any kind of guideline, get rid of anything that could connect the characters to a specific context, so that the movie could be as universal as possible. We can however assume that the father is retired, coming from a working class background - but these are only scraps of information that do not tie the characters to a precise context. I want them to be considered above all like two human beings confronting the father/son relationship, and facing a spiritual conflict. I did not want their Moroccan or Muslim origins to take over the rest.

I stay vigilant. I stay on guard because this film could be the last. I don't know. But I am not interested in making movies as a business. I don't want to make films about things that don't interest me. It is my desire to tell stories that compels me to make movies. - from "Close-up Film / Michael Toler (adapted)


Title: ISMAËL FERROUKHI
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FREE MEN
Medium: Film

Title: FREE MEN
Ismaël Ferroukhi
Medium: Film

Title: FREE MEN
Ismaël Ferroukhi
Medium: Film

Title: LE GRAND VOYAGE
Ismaël Ferroukhi
Medium: Film

Title: LE GRAND VOYAGE
Ismaël Ferroukhi
Medium: Film