Tarzan, Don Quichotte et nous

Hassen Ferhani
Algeria, France, 18 min
World premiere

A walk through the Cervantes district of Algiers in search of characters and stories rooted in this city, from Tarzan & Jane to Don Quixote. Reality and fantasy merge as the collective memory of a district and film history come together. An imaginative and charming short film that combines comedic cinephilia and urban legends.

An extraordinary walk through the working-class Cervantès quarter in Algiers, named after the author of "Don Quixote". Following the alleged creation myths of the novel, leading from a street survey to a cave named after Cervantes, filmmaker Hassen Ferhani (Afric Hotel, Visions du Réel 2011) deals playfully with the traces of the collective memory of a city quarter where reality and imagination together merge. Scattered memories are revived by film projections if they have not already found a new incarnation as a pizza in the "Don Quixote" bar. Orson Welles and Terry Gilliam were also regulars there. The imagination of couples is meanwhile inspired by Tarzan, whose adventures were filmed in the trees of the Jardin d'Essai where young people are now walking, laughing and talking about the reality and fiction of gender roles. Tarzan, Don Quichotte et nous is an imaginative and charming short film between urban legend and cinephilic comedy. Jenny Billeter

18 min
Algeria, France
Compétition Internationale Courts Métrages
World premiere
Arabic, French
English, French
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