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Mariner of the Mountains

A filmmaker journeys to Algeria, exploring his identity and memories of his mother.


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Awarded at Cannes and nominated for an Ariel for the movie 'The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão', Brazilian and Algerian-ascended filmmaker Karim Aïnouz presents a personal film that works as a travel diary. With narration and a mix of subjective images (some of them fixed), it is an exploration of feelings of loss, as well as identity in displacement, with a melancholic tone reminiscent of Chris Marker's classic 'The Pier' ('La Jetée').



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Plot summary

January 2019. Filmmaker Karim Aïnouz decides to take a boat, cross the Mediterranean and embark on his first journey to Algeria. Accompanied by the memory of his mother, Iracema, and his camera, Aïnouz gives us a detailed account of the journey to his father's homeland; from the sea crossing to his arrival in the Atlas Mountains in Kabylia - a mountainous region in northern Algeria - to his return. Interweaving present, past and future.

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