Monday, May 22, 2006

Rachid Bouchareb: Morocco helped make 'Indigènes' shooting successful

The French Algerian filmmaker, Rachid Bouchareb, whose film is contesting for the Golden Palm in Cannes Festival, affirmed that Morocco supported him while he was shooting his film “Indigènes”.

The director said “I have been provided with all the means the country could provide me with, including limitless human resources.”

In an interview published by the French paper “Journal du Dimanche” , Bouchareb said that the Moroccan artist Jamel Debbouze made everything possible and that Morocco helped him because the story of the film is part of Moroccan history.

Starring Jamel Debbouze and Roschdy Zem, the film was shot in Morocco and France.

Shot during the first semester of 2005, the production should be released in August.

The jury of this 59th Cannes Film Festival, which is taking place on May 17-28, is presided over by the Chinese filmmaker, Wong Kar Wai. He will be the first Chinese president in the Festival's history.

The first Cannes Film Festival took place in 1946. Among the earliest award winners were directors Orson Welles, Luis Bunuel, Ingmar Bergman and Satyajit Ray.


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