You All Are Captains

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    You All Are Captains

    Todos vós sodes capitáns

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    79 min

    • French
    • Spanish
    • Arabic


    From the director of THE MIMOSAS presented at CPH:FORUM

    A European filmmaker is making a movie with children living in a home for socially excluded youngsters in Tangier, Morocco. While filming, the director's unorthodox methods of working cause his relationship with the children to disintegrate to such a point, that the initial course of the project is altered.


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    • FIPRESCI Award, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
    • Special Diploma «For the Dance with Reality», Minsk IFF
    • Signis Award, Mar del Plata IFF
    • Youth Jury Award, Gijón IFF



    Shakib Ben Omar
    Nabil Dourgal
    Mohamed Bablouh
    Said Targhzaoui
    Asharaf Dourgal
    Mohamed Selushi
    Redouan Negadi
    Youseff Boughari
    Bilal Belcheikh
    Zhor Arfaoui
    Oliver Laxe
    Hicham Amidallah
    Adam Mouaouia
    France Aline
    Habiba Bouzerda
    Fouad Lhadari
    Ahmed Kacem
    Rachida Marrakechi
    Hassan Wahabé
    Abdelghani Obayeb
    Oliver Laxe
    Ines Thomsen
    Fayçal Algandouzi

    Director's Statement

    Three years ago, I decided to move to Morocco, hoping for a closer communion with life. I felt the generosity and sensuality of the country would inspire me, as would its cruelty.
    Soon after my arrival, I decided to create a film workshop for under-privileged children. I was taken by their curiosity and their way of perceiving things as if each time were always the first. Another feature that interested me a lot was how maladjusted the children were. That is something they share with artists - creativity springs from one’s experience.
    We simply filmed that which we thought was beautiful; our objective was to share our fascination for the mere existence of things. YOU ARE ALL CAPTAINS was born within this workshop experience.
    It was most important to define my twofold relationship with the children. Their personal stories were particularly dramatic and affected me as a human being. However, as an artist there was no point in which I thought of using their plight as the main theme of my film. This would have been unfair and dishonest. The result had to be positive as an act of a shared cure. We can be free, it’s simply a matter of how things are interpreted, a certain dialogue with life itself. Life is unfair; it’s pointless to ask why. The true question is how to react to this fair unfairness.
    The act of playing was the propelling force behind the film. I wanted to make a piece that would be serious in its lack of seriousness. I was utterly disrespectful with the notion of cinema with this film, mostly because I respect cinema. I wanted the spectators to know that I am the child between the children and that playing and creating are my way of resisting. As I had to shoot the scene from within the images, I found it easy to provoke life and get things moving. By doing so I was able to dance.
    YOU ARE ALL CAPTAINS is a film about how we see things.



    A shape-shifting work that doesn't quite know what it is -fiction, 
auto-reflection, essay, landscape film- and that invites the viewer 
into its generous mode of guessing and discovering

    Gabe Klinger, CINEMASCOPE

    In “You Are All Captains,” a debut feature shown at Cannes this year,
the French-Spanish director Oliver Laxe uses his own experience
teaching filmmaking to children in Tangiers, Morocco, to spark a 
playful rumination on the creative process and his outsider status

    Dennis Lim, The New York Times

    The lines between fiction and non fiction blur pretty quickly, but
while this formula is familiar, it’s so perfectly executed that the 
film never feels predictable. There are regular flashes of incredible 
power throughout the film, as the feelings of the children suddenly
 burst through

    Richard Peña, Film Comment

    Oliver Laxe, flat-out the discovery of this year’s Cannes, with his 
free-spirited and sublime You Are All Captains in the Quinzaine...

    Robert Koehler, of the most beautiful films of this year's Director's Fortnight

    Les Inrockuptibles

    Oliver Laxe

    Oliver Laxe


    Galicia, on the borders of Europe, is ambivalent and full of contrasts: at once sweet and rough, rainy and light. But above all mysterious. I tried to capture its extreme beauty, a beauty so intense and unpredictable that it knows no restraint.

    This son of Galician immigrants was born in Paris in 1982. He earned a degree in Audiovisual Communications from Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University before going on to London where he joined hands with Enrique Aguilar to shoot the short film Y LAS CHIMENEAS DECIDIERON ESCAPAR (2006), selected at Gijon IFF and at the East End FF in London. In 2007 he moved to Tangiers where he made the short film SUENAN LAS TROMPETAS, AHORA VEO OTRA CARA and the medium-length film, PARIS #1, shown at IndieLisboa and other festivals. He was invited at the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2009 and he also works at the film workshop for underprivileged children Dao Byed. This activity is at the origin of his first feature film, YOU ALL ARE CAPTAINS, presented in the Official Selection at Mar del Plata and winner of the FIPRESCI award of the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes 2010. In 2016 he returned to Cannes with his second feature, MIMOSAS, which won the Nespresso Grand Prize at the Semaine de la Critique. His latest film FIRE WILL COME (2019) won the Jury Award in Un Certain Regard competition in Cannes.

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