Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Movie | Bab'Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul

to find the beloved, one must have faith - Bab'Aziz, the Movie (2006)

A visual poem of incomparable beauty, this masterpiece from Tunisian director Nacer Khemir (Wanderers of the Desert) begins with the story of a blind dervish named Bab’Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every 30 years.

With faith as their only guide, the two journey for days through the expansive, barren landscape. To keep Ishtar entertained, Bab’Aziz relays the ancient tale of a prince who relinquished his realm in order to remain next to a small pool in the desert, staring into its depths while contemplating his soul. As the tale of the prince unfolds, the two encounter other travelers with stories of their own – including Osman, who longs for the beautiful woman he met at the bottom of a well, and Zaid, who searches for the ravishing young woman who fled from him after being seduced by his songs.

Bab'Aziz Filled with breathtaking images and wonderful music, Nacir Khemir has created a fairytale-like story of longing and belonging, filmed in the enchanting and ever-shifting sandscapes of Tunisia and Iran. | 96 minutes | credit

An amazing tapestry of sufi Music, brilliant imagery & mastreful cinematography - Gerrie Timmerman

Bab'Aziz is a spectacular feast for the senses and the soul. Visually stunning and full of many of the classic Sufi story elements that those familiar with Sufi themes will know. Other than to say it is a series of stories within a story that winds upon itself delightfully, it would be cheating the future viewers for me to say anything more. Let them drink from this well what is meant for them. Bravo to these film makers - Youtube user comment

Filmmaker Nacer Khemir spins an exquisite, mystical tone poem of a film… the arrival of Bab’Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul is, to misuse a dervish cliché, something worth singing and dancing about.”
- Phil Hall, Film Threat

An Arabian dream that weaves timeless story threads with mystical and Sufi elements into a beautiful film object…..as fascinating as reading a new chapter of 1,001 Nights. - Deborah Young, Variety

i am really looking forward to watch the movie which is now playing at NuArt Theatre here in Los Angeles just for this week only. check your local theaters or movie rental places. its a movie definitely worth watching!

[>] Watch Trailer via youtube, spanish, Typecast website

. review @ Spirituality & Practice| NY Times| Indiwire
@ Cinema without border, LA Time Pin It Now!