Waiting for Pasolini || En Attendant Pasolini
starring the brilliant Mohamad Majd
Waiting for Pasolini
Dir. Daoud Aoulad-Syad
2007 | Morocco | 100 min.
10/16 8:00pm - Castro Theatre, San Francisco
This distinctly Moroccan comedy set in Ouarzazate, the town used by countless American and European film productions, reveals how the village is turned upside down when it is announced that an Italian film crew will be arriving to shoot. Forty years earlier, Thami, a current satellite dish salesman, had befriended Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini. Upon hearing that an Italian crew will descend upon the village again, Thami is certain that his old friend will be coming as well. His excitement for the imminent production is infectious and creeps into nearly every aspect of village life. When Thami realizes that Pasolini has been dead for years, he is faced with a nerve-racking dilemma in revealing this detail to his friends and neighbors. Winner of the Best Arabic Film at the 2007 Cairo International Film Festival.