21/05/2013

Playground Chronicles, a child's view of 1980s factory worker life

Franco-Moroccan director Brahim Fritah screens his film in Cannes' Cinéphile section

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Playground Chronicles, a child's view of 1980s factory worker life

Franco-Moroccan director Brahim Fritah relates his childhood memories in his feature debut Playground Chronicles recently screened in Cannes' Cinéphile section.

But unlike what one might expect from the film's title, Playground Chronicles is not a children's film about games in the playground, reports SaphirNews.

Rather, it's snippets from a worker's life as seen through the eyes of a child. The child is Brahim (Yanis Bahloul), the son of a guard of Moroccan origin employed in a factory in Pierrrefitte-sur-Seine [on the outskirts of Paris]. His small family – father (Mostefa Djadjam), mother (Dalila Ibnou Ennadre), Brahim, elder brother and little sister – live in one of the buildings of this factory that is about to close. 

It's the 1980s and the end of an industrial world. Young Brahim witnesses employees launching a strike, led by Moustache (Vincent Rottiers), one of the [factory's] youngest workers. Although it won't stop the factory from closing, at least it will have served to strengthen a working-class consciousness to face a withering world. 

While the film aims to be a social and family chronicle, it is however better described as a successive juxtaposition of short scenes made up of beautiful images, good characters, and gentle, attractive atmospheres.

With a great soundtrack by Jean-Christophe Onno, Playground Chronicles is for those who like to follow the first productions of promising young directors.

The film was developed as part of the European Union's Euromed Audiovisuel I programme, through its Aristote project. After having screened in several festivals worldwide such as Palm Springs, Cinemed, Varsovie, and Sao Paolo, the film, distributed by Jour2Fête, is to be released in French cinemas on June 5.

A interview with Brahim Fritah will soon be uploaded onto the Euromed Audiovisual website.

 

Playground Chronicles – Trailer: 

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