21  09  2004

France – cinema

Lion of the Future for Ismaël Ferroukhi

Spectacular blow for the French production of Moroccan origin. Ismaël Ferroukhi won on Saturday 11th September in the Mostra of Venise the Lion of the Future (Price to the best first work) for his first feature Le grand voyage .

Born in Kenitra (Morocco) in 1962, Ismaël Ferroukhi started to work in cinema as scriptwriter (notably Trop de bonheur ) with the director Cédric Kahn. His first short film L’exposé (1992) was very much prized. It won in 1993 the special Price of the jury of the Clermont-Ferrand Festival, the Price SACD to the best short film and the Price Kodak in the Cannes Festival, the film director chained with a second short with Catherine Deneuve (L’Inconnu-1995) follow by several TV films.
Rewarded in Venise, Le grand voyage retraces the journey undertaken by Reda, a secondary school student of about twenty living in Provence, who is forced to drive his father by car for a pilgrimage to The Mecca . From the South of France to Saudi Arabia, while going through Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Syria and Jordan, this father and this son that from disconnection go little by little renewing the wire of the dialogue.
Produced by Humbert Balsan and his society Ognon Pictures, and co produced by Arte France Cinema, Soread 2M, Casablanca Films Productions and Les Films du Passage, Le grand voyage will participate equally as form the 7th September in the Toronto Film Festival. It will be released the 24th November on the French screens.

Fabien Lemercier