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Occidental

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The mood is heated. Demonstrations are taking place across France, also in front of the Paris hotel where an Italian named Giorgio is booking the bridal suite for him and his boyfriend Antonio. Hotel manager Diana doesn’t trust them and calls the police to get rid of the odd couple. Italians? Homosexuals? Criminals? In the charged atmosphere of the Hotel Occidental, little is needed for initial suspicions to be aroused. While street battles rage outside and a politician tries to play down the situation in a TV interview, everyone inside attempts to turn things to their own advantage. This leads to faith in the security camera, absurd dialogues and mad conclusions, fainting spells and an explosive showdown complete with fervent gestures. The music provides the suspense, aside from the schmaltzy Italian love song. Art prints comment on the action, referencing the history of civilisation from Napoleon’s military campaigns to Warhol’s banana. The 70s look of the lobby, which evokes the set of a boulevard play, turns out to be the setting for a comedy shaped by the current social climate. Everything is fake here, including love. Or is it?

by
Neïl Beloufa

France 2017

French

73 min · Colour

With

Idir Chender (Antonio)
Anna Ivacheff (Diana)
Paul Hamy (Giorgio)
Louise Orry-Diquero (Romy)
Hamza Meziani (Khaled)
Brahim Tekfa (Karim)

Crew

Written and directed by
Neïl Beloufa
Director of Photography
Guillaume Le Grontec
Editor
Ermanno Corrado
Music
Grégoire Bourdeil, Alexandre Geindre
Sound Design
Arno Ledoux
Sound
Arno Ledoux, François Bailly
Production Design
Dan Perez
Producers
Jacques Dodart, Bad Manners, Hugo Jeuffrault, Bad Manners, Pierre Malachin, Bad Manners

Biography

Neïl Beloufa

Born in Paris in 1985. He studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, both in Paris; at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia; Cooper Union in New York; and at Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains in Tourcoing, France. Neïl Beloufa lives in Paris and New York, where he works as an artist and director. His works have been displayed in museums, galleries, and art exhibitions around the world.

Filmography

2007 Kempinski; 14 min. 2010 Brune Renault; 18 min. · Sans titre; 15 min. 2012 World Domination; 28 min. · Real Estate; 11 min. · Party Island; 8 min. 2013 Tonight and the People; 80 min. 2014 Desire for Data; 48 min. 2017 Occidental

Produced by

Bad Manners
Montreuil, France
+33 6 42272469

World sales

MPM Film
Paris, France
+33 6 45059110