The Moroccan filmmaker, Mostafa Derkaoui, is starting to work again after being on sick leave for the past 10 years. Today, he is wheelchair-bound, aging, isolated, penniless, and as much recognized as he is forgotten. Yet Mostafa is determined to complete his passion project, which he knows will be his last one. As he fights for his film, a small group of cinephiles is starting to restore his legendary films. Their search for scattered originals will allow Mostafa to revisit his work. It will take him all the way back to his student films, for which he will have to look in Poland, at the famous film school in Lodz.
The leading producer is French studio Kaléo Films, the film is co-produced by Abel Aflam and SOREAD-2M from Morocco. It is also supported by CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée) and the Polish Film Institute. The shooting took place in Łódź, at Piotrkowska and Nawrot streets, in Sienkiewicza Park and on the premises of the Lodz Film School, and in Warsaw, at Piwinica Artystyczna Kurylewiczów. Polish cinematographer Yann Seweryn was lensing the project.
“I immediately knew I wanted to be involved in this project because of the unique figure of the film’s main character. Despite his old age and suffering, the director uncompromisingly pursues his greatest passion. His huge will to live, his optimism and the twinkle in his eyes are contagious and bring to mind the glory days of the city of fimmakers,” says Małgorzata Wabińska, the Polish co-producer of the film.
The film is scheduled to be ready for delivery at the end of 2017.