The film by Algerian director Hamid Benamara, “Rêverie de l’acteur solitaire” has been nominated for the competition of the International Arab Film Festival of Gabes in Tunisia, scheduled from September 24 to 30.
The first edition of the Arab Film Festival of Gabes was held in 2015. The festival was set up in order to release the film culture and disseminate Arab Cinema in the region of southern Tunisia. It is for all Arab filmmakers worldwide.
In this new cinematic work in Arabic, translated into French and English, Hamid Benamara evokes the difficulties Algerian artists in general. They are musicians, film actors or theater, all struggling to make their works or to produce.
Over a period of 103 minutes, the film opens with the sound of “karkabou” and a philosophical sentence : “I am not afraid of death. I am afraid of time passing.”
In this feature film, tribute is paid to intellectuals cut down in full swing of their careers. He quotes the Palestinian cartoonist Naji El Ali, Dean of the Algerian theater Abdelkader Alloula, journalist and writer Tahar Djaout, all victims of the black decade in order to demonstrate a “bloody” period of freedom of expression in Algeria.
It evokes the tragedies that have marked the history of Algeria; the colonial war, the black decade without focusing on the material damage.
Throughout fiction film “Rêverie de l’acteur solitaire”, the viewer must pay attention to the philosophy of the story. It crosses shadowy and mystery zones to discover the moods of the main character, a passionate theater and film artist embodied by the actor Mohamed Adar.
The first scene of the film shows the character taking a train without knowing what his destination or which station he would stop. Then the same man is on a beach digging its own grave, or running in a theater, in another fiction. The images keep coming without a break and return to historical facts without giving importance to their chronology in the story.
This project was undertaken 7 years ago. In an interview with “Echorouk” newspaper, the director said his film has emerged thanks to the solidarity of many people. He says that the actor Mohamed Adar participated in this film without pecuniary return. He himself financed his trips to France and Tunisia for the needs of the film. This is also the case of his wife who was involved in editing and translation.
To sum it all up, the director Hamid Benamara offers the viewer a docudrama, which is committed and uncompromising on the technical details.
“Rêverie de l’acteur solitaire” received in February a “special mention” of jury of the Journées cinématographiques d’Alger (JCA) and the same distinction in March of the same year at the African film festival of Luxor in Egypt.
This year, the film participated in the International Festival of Film and Shared Memory of Nador (Morocco) and the International Cinema and Audiovisual Festival of Burundi.