Behind the Scenes at the Cannes Film Festival

Drari is inspired by the friendship between two young men coming from opposite social backgrounds. The film was shot in Casablanca, Morocco. It’s between documentary and fiction, the main actors are non-professional actors and they are acting their own life. The main subject is the difficulty for these two characters to have a normal relationship despite the difference of caste.

What kind of approach to the story was important for you as a director?

The two young men are friends of mine. As I was spending time with them, I felt that their relation was telling a lot of things about the Moroccan society, the social inequalities and the caste system that is still very present, especially in a city like Casablanca. So I tried to write a story very close to reality, which can subtly make us understand what is behind this friendship.

What kind of difficulties did you have to face while shooting?

To shoot with non-professional actors is very exciting and also very difficult. I had to do my best to obtain all what I was expecting from them despite all the technical difficulties which always occur during a shooting.

What do you expect from the Cannes Film Festival?

I’m very happy that I will have the chance to show my film to a large audience during the festival. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of Moroccan films that cross the borders. I’m really curious to see how people who are not familiar with the Moroccan culture will receive this film.

Are you planning your first feature film or do you want to keep on doing shorts?

I’m currently writing a feature screenplay. But I’m planning to make another short film in professional conditions, with people who are there because they are paid. I guess it’s very different to a school film, especially as far as the relation with the crew is concerned, and I want to experience that before trying to make my first feature film.

Find more interviews and articles about the World of Shorts in our Cannes 2011 Special Edition!