Morocco: Opening of the European Film Weeks with the Swedish film “Without Filter”

The 29th edition of the European Film Weeks opened on Wednesday evening at the Lutetia cinema in Casablanca, with the screening of the Swedish film “Without Filter”, by director Ruben Östlund, in the presence of an audience of personalities from various walks of life. . Taking a satirical look at the consumer society, “Sans Filtre” deals with the class struggle using fierce and uncompromising humor.

The film follows Carl and Yaya, a couple of models and influencers, who are invited on a yacht for a luxury cruise right after Fashion Week. While the crew takes great care of the vacationers, the captain refuses to leave his cabin as the famous gala dinner approaches. Events take an unexpected turn and the balance of power is reversed when a storm rises and endangers the comfort of the passengers.

Last May, the Swedish director Ruben Östlund won the Palme d’or at the Cannes Film Festival for the second time after that obtained for “The Square” in 2017, and thus joined the very closed club of filmmakers with double palms.

Since then, “Without Filter”, a social satire with ferocious humor and caustic remarks, his event film, has never ceased to arouse enthusiasm, and in particular during its appearances in the festivals of Toronto, Karlovy Vary, London or Deauville.

In a speech for the occasion, Florence Liou, Deputy Head of Mission of the European Union in Morocco, underlined that this edition is “the reflection of a Europe with a plural identity, which promotes the unique looks of creators, while encouraging co-productions between countries”, noting that the films selected this year deal with very important subjects, topical themes, the ravages of globalization and overconsumption, identity withdrawals and the quest for identity.

“Through cinema, we have a way to promote peace and freedom, by confronting our views of the world to better understand it,” she continued, expressing the wish that the festival will be an open window on culture. European Union and that it will contribute to the rapprochement between Morocco and the EU.

The novelty of this 2022 edition is the meeting with an audience unaccustomed to dark rooms, through workshops around film professions, said Ms. Liou, adding that the objective is to shed light on professions that are often poorly known. by the general public and to arouse young people’s interest in cinema and its professions with the participation of recognized professionals.

The 29th edition of the European Film Weeks is being held in Morocco from December 7 to 21 in four Moroccan cities, with a selection of the greatest European auteur films of the year on view, with the Palme d’or du Cannes Film Festival opening.

This meeting takes place in Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech and Tangier with a rich and diversified program of 8 feature films selected and awarded at the biggest film festivals around the world.

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Morocco: Opening of the European Film Weeks with the Swedish film “Without Filter”