SEARCHING FOR HASSAN
World Premiere in Fid Marseille 2009 French Competition First Film Award
Al Jazeera 7th Documentary Television Film Festival 2010
Long film Competition Jury's Award Long film

CNC 2012 - Prix de Qualité

France/Iraq 2009
Shot in Mosul, Iraq, oct-nov 2007
Colour, Hi8
59’
Original version Kurdish, arabic
Subtitles French, english, chinese
Direction and photography Édouard Beau
Editing Jeremy Gravayat
Sound mix Gil Savoy
Trad Bakhtiyar Haddad and Marco la Via

Edouard Beau Productions

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“November 2007, I have been asked to go and film a Kurdish battalion of the Iraqi army. This battalion is located in Mosul. I have 48 hours to make a decision. I decide to go. There, a friend gives me his old Hi8 camera with ten tapes. I am a photographer. I have never filmed anything. I have never seen war. For a whole month, I remain close to these soldiers and I film their everyday life, in spite of everything. Long waits, times out, endless wanderings through the city, looking for untraceable terrorists.” This is how does Edouard Beau describes the shooting of his first film. What is to be seen? Zealous policemen on business, even if they end up empty handed. The stunning proximity of images doesn’t spare us any of their harrowing brutality, the beatings, the yelling, an exhausted city, houses violently violated, terrifying searches, fear that reigns and quashes everyone. All of this is present, echoing the last De Palma film. But although a first feature, no amateurism is to be found here. While the shadow of news report and the hunt for the spectacular may put this enterprise at risk, something else is proposed here. The action in this film takes place in one day, from sunrise till sunset. The film constructs its own temporality. Which one? That of a law that wants to absorb chaos. In reality, it is chaos that is absorbing law.

Jean-Pierre Rehm
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Critic by des nouvelles du front cinema review, searching for hassan, une journée particulière

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