I SAW BEN BARKA GET KILLED

Arabian Nights
France, Morocco, Spain / 2005 / French, Arabic dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 35 mm / 98 minutes
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This docudrama explores the kidnapping and probable murder of left-wing Moroccan revolutionary Mehdi Ben Barka, who disappeared while in exile in Paris in 1965 and whose corpse was never found. Bourgeois ex-criminal Georges Figon (Charles Berling) has ambitions to break into film production, but without giving up his links to the Paris underworld. He begins putting together a film about decolonization, to be scripted by Marguerite Duras (Josiane Balasko) and directed by Georges Franju (Jean-Pierre Leaud). He wants Ben Barka (Simon Abkarian) to collaborate on the project, but may have a deadly hidden agenda. Variety magazine said the film's “mix of highbrows, low-lives and film-biz glamour offers a pleasing, brain-stretching buzz” that made it feel like a Parisian version of L.A. Confidential.

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