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Noor abed, mark lotfy
One Night Stand
Experimental doc. | mov | color | 24'0'' | Palestine / Egypt | 2019
Directors: Noor Abed, Mark Lotfy Original title: One Night Stand Country: Palestine, Egypt The film is based on the filmmakers’ actual encounter with an unknown European man, one night in a bar in Beirut. It was a fighter on the road to join the Kurdish militia fighting in the war against the Islamic State on the territory of Syria. The conversation was secretly recorded on a cellphone and serves as the script for animated modeled situations and performative reconstructions of that night. The film is also a formal polemic on the apparent authenticity of the documentary and the possibilities of representation of reality by means of simulations and modeled situations.
Noor Abed (b.1988 Jerusalem) is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker. She creates multimedia works on the boundary of performance, film and new media. Her practice examines notions of choreography and the imaginary relationship of individuals, creating situations where social possibilities are both rehearsed and performed. Her current research is concerned with the concept of Myth and the form of Magic Realism - and its close relation with colonial and post-colonial discourses. Mark Lotfy (b. 1981 Alexandria) is an experimental filmmaker. He explores the boundary between fictional narratives, documentary film, and media art. His practice questions the everyday, the contingent and the virtual. His current research is concerned with notions of nationalism, fundamentalism, emotionalism and heroism - not only through their ideological and performative mechanisms, but also technological ones. He examines framed structures in which new alienated subjectivities are being produced.