Saturday, June 4, 2011

CANNES 2011 - Exercise of cinema verite with dancers Cairenes

It took forty years before, like Acadia, Acadia Pierre Perrault and Michel Brault and Must go among the world's knowledge Fernand Dansereau, a Quebec documentary is carving a special place the heart of one of the biggest film events. The 64th Cannes Film Festival May 18 initiates a new tradition: to pay tribute to a homeland film (this year it was Egypt that was chosen).

No doubt, the Quebec documentary devoted to Egypt: At night, they dance, not go unnoticed. The film by Isabelle Lavigne and Stéphane Thibault, features a former dancer, Reda, whose three daughters, Amira, Hind and Bossy, earn their living by dancing at weddings, under the disapproving eye of locals.

"For twenty years, we are witnessing the decline of dance," says Isabelle Lavigne, who spent two years in Egypt while studying contemporary dance at the Cairo Opera House. "Reda comes from a long line of itinerant artists. Today, it is also paying more and there are drug problems. The artists have settled, others have left the profession.

The dance always been disgraceful, but, paradoxically, it invites the dancers to "lift the party" [launch party] in the most important event of your life. The Egyptians did not receive [the movie] like us and it will be interesting to see their reaction, "adds the director. "It has not shown much, but until now, they find it hard, some have found that they had filmed the bodies of the dancers too bold." Although they draw their main inspiration from the Karin van Nieuwkerk book: A Trade Like Any Other: Female Singers and Dancers in Egypt (unpublished in French), dance, like hockey in the documentary Junior [made by the same author], appears in this film where accessory Lavigne Thibault and depict the daily, sometimes tumultuous, Reda and his daughters.

"The world of dance can be very murky, but I did not want to spend time in such a world, that's why I'm interested in women who take their destiny and who are also beauties ", says Isabelle Lavigne." It starts with a cast and watch the dramatic potential of what they will live, "explains Stéphane Thibault.

"We are not far from fiction, but the script has been written will may happen in some other way than expected. We love our characters, but it also tries to show their dark side [Dark Side ]. When you play your life, the camera, you no longer see. It is rough [hard ]..." So that gets caught by the complexity of the characters, forgetting at times that these women character are not creatures of celluloid: "We do not badre [do not care] whether it's really real," Lavigne reveals.

"This is material life that was taken at a certain time and, from there, we built a story. I really admire it when you come across characters who say: 'Here's what I am 'and do not censor themselves because suddenly the camera arrives. "

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