The Infinite Child: CAPTIVATING CAPTIVES
Narimane Mari will be present for a post-screening discussion.
Bloody Beans low resBloody Beans
Directed by Narimane Mari
(France, 77 min, 2013, digital)
“Is it better to be than to obey?” That’s the question – taken from a poem by Antonin Artaud – that resounds long after the close of this remarkable feature-debut by Narimane Mari. A dream-like, almost hallucinatory reworking of Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers that also echoes with the warrior-chants of Jean Vigo’s gloriously anarchic Zero de Conduite, it depicts a group of Algerian beach kids who tire of eating red beans and make plans to eat as local French soldiers are eating. Pig-masked misogynists, nighttime barrack-raids, ocean swims under moonlight: the revolutionary spirit and transformative imaginations of children – far less adults – have rarely been evoked with such beauty or surreal mystery.
NARIMANE MARI (b.1969) was born in Algeria, worked in publishing and set up art galleries in Paris, and produced a number of short documentaries. She runs her own production company, Allers Retour Films, in Algeria.