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PEGASUS (Pegase)

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PEGASUS (Pegase)

Director: Mohamed Mouftakir
Morocco   |   2010   |   104 minutes
Arabic, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis Zineb is an emotionally exhausted psychiatrist assigned to Rihana, a traumatized and pregnant young woman found in the street muttering unintelligibly about “The Lord of the Horse.” A flashback sequence returns us to Rihana’s childhood, where her dictatorial father, horseman chief of his tribe, raises her as the son his legacy demands. Trapped in parental delusions, Rihana falls in love with a young man with whom she carves out the beginnings of her own life. Soon, Rihana’s story awakens repressed thoughts in Zineb’s own troubled mind, and reality merges into a haunted fever-dream of fear and denial in this visually striking, award-winning psychological thriller.


About the Director Mohamed Mouftakir was born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1965. He has co-written several film and television scripts and served as first assistant director on a number of feature films. His short films, La Danse du Foetus and Fin du Moins, both received the Grand Jury Prize at the Tangiers National Film Festival in 2005 and 2007, respectively. Pegasus is his first feature film.


Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request.


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Featured in the Global Lens 2012 film series.



CAST

Ryhana - Majdouline Drissi
Zineb - Saadia Ladib
Cherif - Driss Roukh
Zaid - Anas El Baz

CREW

Director - Mohamed Mouftakir
Writer - Mohamed Mouftakir
Producer - Fouad Challa
Director of Photography - Xavier Castro
Editor - Julien Foure
Sound - Taoufik Mekraz
Music - Wolfgang Funk
REVIEWS

“Pegasus is a stunning film with great acting, amazing photography and very strong storyline – a must watch film from a director who is quickly becoming one of the main voices of the New Moroccan cinema wave” – African Screens (Written by the director of the Africa in Motion film festival)

“A poetic exploration of memory and identity, Pegasus is mesmerizing, skillfully walking the line between reality and fantasy. Images of a dark stallion permeate this stunning film both as coda and metaphor. Elements of magical realism and a David Lynch-like sense of atmosphere and rhythm create an unforgettable psychological road trip in this cinematic triumph.” – Mill Valley Film Festival

“Pegasus presents some of the most ominous equine imagery seen on film in quite a while…Mouftakir creates an eerie vibe, tapping into something rotten at the core of the characters’ collective psyche.” ” – j.b. spins

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Official Selection, The Mediterranean Film Festival of Brussels
Official Selection, Dubai International Film Festival
Grand Prize; Critics Award; Best Actress; Best Music; Special Mention (for child actors), Tangier National Film Festival
Grand Prize Ousmane Sembene; Best Supporting Actress, Khouribga festival of African Cinema
Official Selection, Festival international du Film Francophone de Namur
Official Selection, Les 3 Continents
Official Selection, Festival du Film Arabe d'oran
Official Selection, Festival du Film Africain de Charleroi
Africa In Motion Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival
Golden Stallion of Yennenga Award, Festival Pan African Film and Television of Ouagadougou
Official Selection, Festival du Film Francophone a Pekin
Official Selection, Festival Ecrans des Nouveaux Cinema(s) Arabes Marseilles
Official Selection, Festival de Granada Cines del Sur
Official Selection, Franco-Arab Film Festival in Damascus
Official Selection, Festival du Film Maghrebin de Nabeul
Alexandria Film Festival For Mediterranean Countries
Official Selection, Valdivia International Film Festival
Official Selection, Semaine du Groupe Arabe et la JourneE Groupe de L'oci Aupres de L'unesco a Paris

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