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Noiseless, Desert Extras

Michał Mądracki, Maciej Mądracki, Gilles Lepore
Sans bruit, les figurants du desert
Poland, France 2017 / 64’
Mrs. Hyde One Day

Ouarzazate is a city of 71,000 in south-central Morocco that is a magnet for Hollywood directors looking for desert and mountain landscapes for biblical and war films. As a result, locals are able to pick up additional work as extras. One of them is Malika, who has appeared in over 200 projects, mainly because of her ability to cry at will. In this documentary, however, the emotions are genuine, revealing the hidden intentions of film crews coming to Africa like colonizers and trying to use the naivety of the locals to showcase their own ideology. In this visual essay, the filmmakers question where the line is that separates the reality of these desert people from the film fiction created by outsiders. Interviews and reenactments shed light not only on the town's rapidly disappearing authenticity but, above all, on the (noiseless) killing of human emotions. 

Marcin Radomski

awards

Pravo Ljudski Film Festival – Best Film

Maciej Mądracki

Born in Krakow in 1984, Maciej Mądracki studied Film Studies at the Institute of Audiovisual Arts at Jagiellonian University and Film Direction at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia in Katowice. He has made a number of experimental films and short videos. Michał Mądracki and Gilles Lepore made the 2010 documentary The Work of Machines, which has been screened at numerous international film festivals.

Filmography

2010 Praca maszyn

2017 Bezgłośnie. Statyści pustyni / Sans bruit, les figurants du desert / Noiseless, Desert Extras

Gilles Lepore

Born in Porrentruy, Switzerland, in 1972, Gilles Lepore is a director, as well as an author and illustrator of comic books. He graduated from the School of Visual Arts in Bienne in 1988. His short animated film The Cage has been screened at numerous film festivals.

Filmography

2010 Praca maszyn

2017 Bezgłośnie. Statyści pustyni / Sans bruit, les figurants du desert / Noiseless, Desert Extras

Cast & Crew

director Michał Mądracki, Maciej Mądracki, Gilles Lepore
screenplay Michał Mądracki, Maciej Mądracki, Gilles Lepore
cinematography Maciej Mądracki, Gilles Lepore
editing Michał Mądracki, Maciej Mądracki, Gilles Lepore
producer Anna Wydra, Karim Aitouna, Thomas Micoulet
production Otter Films, Haut les mains productions
sales Otter Films Anna Wydra
language Arabic, Berber, French, English
colouration colour