The Villa Medici Film Festival

Contrechamp Ismaïl Bahri / Marguerite Duras / Francis Alÿs

The French Academy of France in Rome - Villa Medici
1 Viale della Trinità dei Monti – 00187 Roma

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The artist Ismaïl Bahri, a 2023-2024 fellow of the Villa Medici, offers a reflection on the appearance of the image as well as a tentative crossing of Tunis, Apparition (2020) and Orientations (2010) with regard to the films Les Mains négatives (1979) by Marguerite Duras and Reel-Unreel by Francis Alÿs (2011), both of which attempt a crossing of the city, Paris at dawn and Kabul.

Apparition: no words
Orientations: VO Tunisian Arabic / ST English
Les mains négatives: VO French / ST English
Reel – Unreel: VO Persian / ST English