Thursday, July 20, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
, Dryden Theatre
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(Oliver Laxe, Morocco/Spain/Qatar/France 2016, 96 min., DCP, Arabic w/subtitles)

Primal Screen | Rochester Premiere. A dying sheikh wishes to be buried in the legendary Moroccan city of Sijilmasa, across the majestic Atlas Mountains. The caravan is led by a young man who speaks and acts like a prophet. The group’s journey across the magnificent landscapes of North Africa looks like a modern-day version of Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God, or of a John Ford western, but has the allure of a mystical poem. The film—partly inspired by the ethnographic works of Ben Rivers—is divided in three parts, like the sections of a Sufi prayer; past and present collide in a contemplative, deeply cinematic vision (shot in breathtaking Super16mm), highly deserving the Grand Prize at last year’s Cannes Critics’ Week.

Presented by Paolo Cherchi Usai, Senior Curator, Moving Image Department.

Event Details

Thursday, July 20, 2017
7:30 p.m.
Dryden Theatre
$6 members
$8 nonmembers
$4 students with ID