White Marriage

Mariage Blanc in Morocco means a sham marriage between a Moroccan man and a European woman in order to obtain a residence permit and thereafter the citizenship of a European country. Literally translated "Mariage Blanc" means "white wedding" which, considering the dark skin of the majority of the Moroccan population, can be taken as a reference to the white skin of the European women. In the last few years the authorities have taken special measures to prevent these sham marriages, including inspection of the joint household and separate questioning of the marriage partners about intimate details of the other partner. On their side, the marriage partners attempt to prepare themselves for these interviews by exchanging intimate personal details with each other. Many partners have, in fact, become very close because of this. The theme of Mariage Blanc is this very intimate form of attempted immigration which is, for Mostafa Tabbou, simultaneously fiction and reality. The film was shot in three days in July of 1996 in the Hotel de Paris in Casablanca, Morocco. (Gustav Deutsch)



MY NAME IS MOSTAFA TABBOU, I AM THIRTYTWO YEARS OLD, I LIVE IN MOROCCO AND I WANT TO MARRY AN IRISH WOMAN . Tel.: 00212-6898145

Orig. Title
Mariage Blanc
Year
1996
Country
Austria
Duration
5 min
Category
Avantgarde/Arts
Orig. Language
Various
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White Marriage (Image)
Credits
Director
Mostafa Tabbou, Gustav Deutsch
Cinematography
Gustav Deutsch
Editing
Gustav Deutsch
Actor/Actress
Mostafa Tabbou
Production
Gustav Deutsch
Available Formats
16 mm (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37 (Academy)
Sound Format
mono
Frame Rate
25 fps
Betacam SP PAL (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:1,37 (Academy)
Sound Format
mono
Frame Rate
25 fps
Festivals (Selection)
1997
Siena - Festival del Cortometraggio
Sao Paolo - Short Film Festival
Locarno - Festival Int. de film
Palermo - l'immagine leggera. Int. Videoart, Film & Media Festival
Cork - Int. Film Festival
Winterthur - Kurzfilmtage
Torino - Festival Int. Cinema Giovani
Austin - Cinetexas - Int. short film&video&new media festival
Utrecht - Impakt Festival
Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival
Tokyo - Image Forum Festival
Jerusalem - Film Festival
Hamburg - Int. Kurzfilm-Festival & No Budget
Pesaro - Film Festival
Acadie/CDN - Festival Int. du Cinema Francophone
Regensburg - Kurzfilmwoche
1998
Riga - Arsenals - Int. Film Festival
Helsinki - MUU Media Festival
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des österreichischen Films
Graz - film+arc.
Toronto - IMAGES - Independent Film & Video Festival
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival
Aix-en-Provence - Festival Tous Courts
Triest - Alpe Adria Cinema - Film Festival
1999
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival (Team-Award)
Teplice - Int. Art Film Festival Trencianske
Regensburg - Kurzfilmwoche
2001
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival
Brest - Festival du Film Court
2002
Clermont-Ferrand - Festival de Court Metrage
Cork - Int. Film Festival
2003
Oberhausen - Int. Kurzfilmtage
Sao Paolo - Short Film Festival