Trances (Criterion Collection) (Blu ray) [USA]

C.C. 95

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Release Date: May 4, 2021
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Director: Ahmed El Maanouni
Writer: Ahmed El Maanouni
Starring: Larbi Batma, Abderrahman Kirouche, Allal Yaala, Omar Sayed
  • Morocco
  • 1981
  • 88 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • Arabic
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The groundbreaking Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwane is the dynamic subject of this captivating, one-of-a-kind documentary by Ahmed El Maanouni, who filmed the four musicians during a series of electrifying live performances in Tunisia, Morocco, and France; on the streets of Casablanca; and in intimate conversations. Storytellers through song and traditional instruments, and with connections to political theater, the band became a local phenomenon and an international sensation, thanks to its rebellious lyrics and sublime, fully acoustic sound, which draws on Berber rhythms, Malhun sung poetry, and Gnawa dances. Both a concert movie and a free-form audiovisual experiment, bolstered by images of the band’s rapt audience, Trances is pure cinematic poetry.

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DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES​

  • 2K digital restoration courtesy of The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Introduction from 2013 by The Film Foundation’s founder and chair, Martin Scorsese
  • Interview program from 2013 featuring director Ahmed El Maanouni, producer Izza Génini, musician Omar Sayed, and Scorsese
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Sally Shafto

Martin Scorsese on Trances: