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“Zanka contact” by Moroccan Ismaël El Iraki impresses the Venice Film Festival

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Presented as a world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, the film “Zanka Contact” by Moroccan director Ismaël El Iraki left a great impression on the public and journalists alike.

Braving the Covid-19 epidemic, the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival has taken place this year as scheduled. A Moroccan film “Zanka Contact” is among the official selection as the first feature film by Ismaël El Iraki.

This road movie, explains the director, is “a kind of a love declaration for rock’n roll, western style, snakes, motorcycles,… everything I love. It takes place in a somewhat tragicomic underground Morocco, with colorful characters, a music-loving guy, a crazy torturer, an ex-prostitute, who breeds Pitbulls in the south of Morocco, with her rifle, … It is a story of liberation for two characters who carry a very heavy trauma within them. ”

Shot in 2019 in the city of Casablanca and its surroundings, the film brings together Said Bay, Fatima Atef, Khansa Batma, Abdel Rahman Mbiha, Mourad Zaoui, and Ahmed Hammoud who plays the role of “Larsen”, a Moroccan drug addict rock-star who made a career in England …

This musical film, as the director recalls, tells the story of “Larsen”, an outdated rocker who has lost his voice. He falls in love with Rajaa, an ex-prostitute with a golden voice for whom he composes songs inspired by his nightlife in the dangerous streets of Casablanca, an underground and unknown Morocco.

The Moroccan Cinematographic Center granted a subsidy of 4.2 million DH to the film “Zanka Contact”.