23rd Annual Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival

Le Grand Voyage (Contemporary World Cinema)
2004 - Morroco - 108 minutes

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DIRECTOR: Ismaël Ferroukhi
CAST: Nicolas Cazalé, Mohamed Majid, Malika Mesrar El Hadaoui, Jacky Nercessian, Ghina Ognianova

One of Islam’s great pillars, the hajj, serves as a backdrop for a moving and heartwarming story of reconciliation between a traditional North African father and his French-raised, thoroughly Westernized son. Mustapha is convinced the end of his life is in sight and there is nothing he wants more than to make a pilgramage to Mecca. Recruiting his youngest son Réda to accompany him on the trip, a host of conflicts arrise. Réda’s modern ways are too much for Mustapha to handle, especially for 24-hours at a time. PRoving a lesson on life and reconciliation, the trip follows them as they drive form their home in a French suburb to Mecca, through Europe and Middle East, interacting with colorful characters all along the way. Featuring standout performances form one of Morocco’s finest actors, Mohammed Majid, and white-hot young French heartthrob Nicolas Cazale, this film marks the emergence of a major new talent form the Arab world in director Ismael Ferroukhi. Le Grand Voyage Ismael Ferroukhi was born in Kenitra, Morocco. After directing his first short film, L'Exposé, in 1992, Ismael Ferroukhi co-wrote the script for Cédric Kahn's feature film Trop de Bonheur (1994). In 1995, he wrote and directed the short film L'Inconnu, and went on to direct two films for television - Akim (1997) and Petit Ben (1998). Le Grand Voyage (2004) is his first feature. -AHS

PRODUCER: Humbert Balsan
SCREENWRITER: Ismaël Ferroukhi
EDITOR: Tina Baz
MUSIC: Fowzi Guerdjou
PRINT SOURCE: Film Movement

Tuesday, April 05 9:45pm Riverview Theater
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