FIDLab Project 2016
Basma Alsharif

OUROBOROS

Death as birth, history as the present, the end as the beginning.
This film is an homage to the Gaza Strip and to the possibility of hope beyond hopelessness. Ouroboros, the symbol of the snake eating its tail, is both end and beginning: death as regeneration. A 74-minute experimental narrative film that turns the destruction of Gaza into a story of heartbreak, Ouroboros asks what it means to be human when humanity has failed. Taking the form of a love story, the film’s central character is Diego Marcon, a man who embarks on a circular journey to shed his pain only to experience it, again and again. In the course of a single day, his travel fuses together Native American territories, the ancient Italian city of Matera, a castle in Brittany, and the ruins of the Gaza Strip into a single landscape.
By challenging the aestheticism in the representation of trauma, Ouroboros’ goal is not only to change our vision of cinema but also to open up a new chapter in our way of seeing the Middle-East. This is a film about the future.Basma Alsharif

Technical sheet

Director : Basma Alsharif

First fiction feature film

Country : Palestine
Genre : Fiction – Documentary
Length : 74′
Project state : Production
Budget : 204 340 €
Acquired budget : 102 805 €

Production company : IDIOMS Films
Producer : Mohanad Yaqubi
Coproduction company, France : IDA.IDA.
Coproducer : Émilie Dudognon
Coproduction company, France : Momento!
Coproducer : Eyal Sivan
With the support of :
AFAC – The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (Liban)

FILMOGRAPHY
Idioms Films
– Off Frame / Mohanad Yaqubi / 2015 / 90′
– Though I Know the River is Dry / Omar Hamilton / 2012 / 20′
– Habibi Rasak Kharban / Susan Youcif / 2010 / 78′
– Exit / Mohanad Yaqubi / 2009 / 15′
– Chicken Heads / Bassam Jarbawi / 2009 /14′
– The Shooter / Ihab Jadallah / 2007 / 7′

IDA.IDA.
– Mortels, Catherine Dalfin, en développement
– (to)Slide, Emilie Dudognon & Vincent Romagny, en développement
– La pluie tombe sur la pluie, Emilie Dudognon & Sylvain Barbier, en développement
– La derniere lettre, Silvia Radelli, en développement

Momento !
– État Commun, Conversation potentielle [1] / Eyal Sivan / 2012 / 124′
– Route 181, Fragments d’un voyage en Palestine-Israël / Eyal Sivan et Michel Khleifi / 2003 / 272′
– Les jardiniers de la Rue des Martyrs / Leila Habchi et Benoit Prin / 2003 / 81′
– Les Ralliés / Adila Bennedjai-Zou et Joseph Confavreux / 2002 / 52′
– Un arpent sur la lune / Rachel Leah Jones / 2002 / 47′
– Les Marches en Italie / Charles Castella / 2002 / 43 ‘
– Scalpel / Skalpel TV, show / Eyal Sivan et Rony Brauman / 2001 / 12 x 43′
– Au sommet de la descente / Eyal Sivan / 2001 / 32′
– Un spécialiste, portrait d’un criminel moderne / Eyal Sivan et Rony Brauman / 1999 / 120′
– La fanfare ne perd pas le Nord / Frédéric Touchard / 1999 / 52’

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Basma Alsharif - Palestine

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FILMOGRAPHIE

Basma Alsharif
– A Field Guide To Ferns / 2015 / 9′
– O, Persecuted / 2014 / 11′
– Deep Sleep / 2014 / 12′
– Home Movies Gaza / 2013 / 24′
– Farther Than The Eye Can See / 2012 / 13′
– The Story of Milk and Honey / 2011 / 10′
– We Began By Measuring Distance / 2009 / 19′
– Everywhere Was The Same / 2007 / 11′

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