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Halfmoon

HALFMOON (Paul Bowles - Halbmond) Frieder Schlaich, Irene von Alberti, D 1995, 93 min

Three short stories by Paul Bowles, the American writer from Tangiers whose 1949 Masterpiece The Sheltering Sky was filmed by Bernardo Bertoculli in 1990, are the subject of a prizewinning film by Irene von Alberti and Frieder Schlaich from Germany.
PAUL BOWLES - HALFMOON is a magical three-part descent into the realms of cobras, kif and quandries of life. The famous cult author himself introduces the episodes, which all tell of ununsual relationships.

In MERKALA BEACH (The Story of Lahcen and Idir) the friendship between two men in Tangiers, one a connoisseur of kif, the other with taste for alcohol, is put to the ultimat test when they both fall in love with the same beautiful girl.
In CALL AT CORAZON a trip down the Amazon through the Brazilian rain forest becomes a gruelling ordeal for a fresh married couple on their honeymoon.
And in ALLAL, a young boy living as an outcast in an Arab village in the desert trades bodies with a snake that he has stolen from an old man ...

For their technically professional, convincingly cast, emotionally gripping first feature-length film, Irene von alberti and Frieder Schlaich were awarded the prize of the German film critics as Best Feature Film within the framework of the Berlin International Film Festival 1995. Other prizes include the Grand Prix Europe (La Baule/France 1995) and the German Camera Prize.

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Press Coverage

Visually arresting, Halfmoon captures the necromancy of Bowles’ prose. Schlaich and von Alberti proceed lovingly, even reverentially, letting the locales and their fine actors transport viewers. Halfmoon journeys to a faraway place, wreathed with dust and heat. (Los Angeles View, 1996)

Together the three stories capture the essence of Mr. Bowles’s vision of human cruelty as a driving life force indivisible from the harsh equatorial landscapes in which his characters find themselves. (The New York Times, 1996)

Visually arresting, Halfmoon captures the necromancy of Bowles’ prose. Schlaich and von Alberti proceed lovingly, even reverentially, letting the locales and their fine actors transport viewers. Halfmoon journeys to a faraway place, wreathed with dust and heat. (Los Angeles View, 1996)

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