In the 1920’s Han van Meegeren is considered a very talented painter who meets the actress Jólanka Lakatos, the wife of Abraham Bredius, the most important art critic of his day. Bredius ruthlessly takes revenge on Han by vilifying his work in public. Han van Meegeren then moves to France, concentrating on one thing only: revenge on Bredius by painting a perfect Johannes Vermeer.Read More
2017 Berlinale Panorama competition
Casablanca, June 11, 1986, day of the world cup
After yet another blunder, an embittered cop, Daoud, is sent by his dissatis edsuperiors to spend a day on a bridge between two warring neighborhoods to protect the hypothetical passage of the Royal procession.
At the same time a hopeless Don Quixote and a lazy Don Juan, Daoud is a pathetic womanizer who is the despair of everyone, starting with his lucid and exhausted wife and his ill- tempered chief.
Prisoner of the bridge, Daoud will be transformed upon contact with the inhabitants of both villages. He will learn maturity after spending time with a ve year old child and a mother who upheld her dignity, despite a shaved skull by the secret police. He will take a life lesson from two Moqadems*, mean-spirited enemy brothers and a facetious head of police.
This seemingly normal day made of absurd waiting, improbable encounters and brutal poetry takes place under the giant shadow of a messianic monarch whose passage disturbs the delicate balance of this motley population.
* Representatives of power at the level of a neighborhood or a village.
1945. Jules rentre chez lui après avoir combattu dans le maquis français. Il essaye de reconstruire sa vie dans un pays ravagé par quatre années de guerre. Quand sa fiancée est retrouvée assassinée avec une famille de fermiers allemands chez qui elle travaillait, Jules, engagé comme gendarme, participe à l’enquête policière. Sa recherche de la vérité se heurte rapidement aux efforts en haut lieu pour enterrer les zones d’ombre des années de l’Occupation.Read More