Residents of La Rouguière talk about their life in this singular district of Marseilles which welcomed people repatriated from Algeria in 1962. As they testify, they summon fragments of a memory haunted by history and by the loss of the loved ones.
“Paying no heed to film genres, mixing time lines, indulging in fantasy, the director thwarts codes and shifts assignments. With unexpected lyricism, carried by discreet and melancholic musical surges, she endeavours to loosen and link up bodies and voices, to make what happened palpable. To give body to a haunted world and, as indicated by the constellation in the film’s title, to shine a light on the voids and the missing, whose pale light illuminates the place.”
Length: 31 min
Country of Origin: France
Completion Year: 2021
Director: Dania Reymond-Boughenou
About the director
Dania Reymond-Boughenou is a Franco-Algerian filmmaker, born in Algiers in 1982. Her family left the country in 1994 during the black decade to settle in Marseille. She began studying there at the School of Fine Arts in Cinema. She continued with the course of the Fresnoy studio national des arts contemporains where she received the Studio Collector award for her film JEANNE (2012). In 2015 her work was sponsored by Mounir Fatmi at the Salon Jeune Création. Her medium-length film LE JARDIN D’ESSAI, shot in Algiers in 2016, was shown in several festivals including Brive, Angers and Belfort, and received several awards. LES TEMPÊTES (2016) is her first fictional feature film. It obtained writing aid from the Île-de-France and New Aquitaine regions, as well as development aid from the CNC, the Pays de la Loire region, the Occitanie region and the Doha Film Institute. It was a finalist for the 2020 Screenplay Award. Her latest work is the film CONSTELLATION (2021) which premiered at FID Marseille 2021.