Bastardo

Bastardo  {Bastardo}
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Bastardo
Bastardo
Tunisia, 2013, 106 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France/Qatar
US Premiere
Topics: Black Comedy, Drama
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Arabic English Sub-Titles

A metaphor for Tunisia’s contemporary developmental travails in which a downtrodden orphan – now grown – has a reversal of fortune and takes on the thugs who control his ghetto. Filmed in an unsettlingly fantastical style drawing on film noir and magical realism and packed with larger-than-life characters, this is a story about power, order and capitalism gone awry. Does ruthlessness always go hand-in-hand with power?

Mohsen, "the bastard", was found in a dustbin 30 years ago by Am Salah, his adoptive father, and has always been excluded and rejected by the residents of the rundown district where he lives. After being fired from his job, Mohsen and his friend Khlifa place a cell phone antenna on the roof of Mohsen’s house. The aerial makes Mohsen a wealthy and respected man. But village strongman Larnouba isn’t happy with the change.

Director Belkadhi says: "Power and corruption have been part of our lives for decades, and less than three years after the revolution, I am still wondering if we made it. Back in 2007, when I began writing the script, I had one thought in mind: my main character Bastardo shouldn’t choose power. It’s rather power that chooses him and radically changes him."

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director

DIRECTOR: Néjib Belkadhi
Producer: Imed Marzouk
Editor: Pascale Chavance, Badi Chouka
Screenwriter: Néjib Belkadhi
Cinematographer: Gergely Pohárnok
Music: Lone Wolf
Principal Cast: Chedly Arfaoul, Abdel Moneem Chouayat, Lobna Noomene, Taoufik El Bahri, Lassad Ben Abdallah, Latifa El Gafsi
Filmography: VHS-Kahloucha (Doc, 2006)
Print Source: Propaganda Production

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