“Without filter” opens the ball of the European Film Weeks in Casablanca

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 backgrounds.

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 model and influencer couple, 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 two palms.
Since then, “Without Filter”, a social satire with fierce humor and caustic remarks, has never ceased to arouse enthusiasm, especially during its appearances at the Toronto, Karlovy Vary, London and Deauville Festivals.

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, current themes, the ravages of globalization and overconsumption, identity withdrawals and the quest for identity.

“Thanks to cinema, we have a way to promote peace and freedom, by confronting our eyes on 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 understood 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 cities of the Kingdom, 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 unmissable meeting of European cinema in Morocco 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.

Three short films from the South of the Mediterranean complete this selection, “Jmar” which reveals the unique talent of its director, the Moroccan Samy Sidali, “Warsha”, a reverie suspended in the sky of Beirut, directed by the Lebanese Dania Bdeir, Grand Prize at the Sundance Film Festival this year and “Last Days of Summer” by Palestinian Nayef Hammoud which follows the strange day of a young man whose neighbor has just been murdered.

An initiative of the European Union in Morocco which aims to introduce the Moroccan public to major European successes through the eyes of renowned filmmakers and rising stars on a Europe of diversity, the European Film Weeks have been organized since 1991 by the representation of the European Union in Morocco, the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication, the Moroccan Cinematographic Center, the Hiba Foundation and the Superior School of Visual Arts in Marrakech.

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“Without filter” opens the ball of the European Film Weeks in Casablanca