The presence of Morocco is strongly noticed at the Mediterranean film festival of Montpellier “Cinemed”, whose 42nd edition opened on Friday evening.
Morocco is represented, among others, at the “Cinemed” Festival by the film Zanka Contact, directed by Ismael El Iraki, with Khansa Batma, Ahmed Hammoud and Saïd Bey as headliner.
“Zanka contact” tells the story of the burning passion of Larsen the rocker and Rajae the Amazon of the streets which sets fire to an unexpected Morocco populated by Berber Calamity Janes, metal concerts, poisonous snakes and torturing cops . A common buried trauma brings them together: rock n’roll unites them, Rajae’s golden voice and Larsen’s snakeskin guitar.
The film competes, in the official selection, in the category ” feature film competition ” alongside eight other productions. Various prizes are awarded to this category, in particular the Antigone d’Or from Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, the BNP Paribas Critics’ Prize, the Midi Libre Audience Prize, the CMCAS Languedoc Young Audience Prize, and the JAM Prize for best music.
Other Moroccan directors participate in this great event of Mediterranean cinema in different categories including Ismael Ferroukhi who is competing in the official selection for the Midi Libre Audience Prize, in the “Feature films panorama” category with his film Mica.
Also present, Jawad Rhalib, also in official with “Fadma” in the “documentaries” category, which is in competition for the Ulysse-Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole Prize endowed by the central media library Federico Fellini Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole. And Said Hamich Benlarbi who is competing in the “short film” category with his film “Le Départ”.
Considered as the annual meeting place for the best Mediterranean productions, the Cinemed festival offers the opportunity to discover, for eight days, the best of the 7th Art of yesterday and today in a Mediterranean version.
This year the festival welcomes more than 150 films from both shores of the Mediterranean including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon for the southern shore.