30.09. - 09.10.2021

The Blessed France, Belgium, Qatar 2017 | 102 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2018

Sofia Djama

The Blessed is SOFIA DJAMA's debut feature film. It ran in 2017 at the Venice Film Festival in the »Orizzonti« section and has won several awards.

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Why didn't we leave? A family is suffering with their home country Algeria. A sensitive drama on the subject of escape, as seen from the other side. Algiers in 2008, a few years after the end of the civil war. Samir and Amal are celebrating their 20th anniversary in a dismal international hotel – the only place that serves alcohol – and soon a fierce debate ensues: why did they stay in a country where they can scarcely breathe? Meanwhile, their teenage son Fahim is hanging out with his mates Reda and Feriel. They're smoking weed and discussing the increasing Islamism of Reda, who's had a verse from the Koran tattooed on his back – and rebelling against a country that destroys its population's present and the belief in a better future.
Original title: Les Bienheureux
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Arabic, French
Section: Veto!
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Sofia Djama
Screenplay: Sofia Djama
Cast: Sami Bouajila, Nadia Kaci, Faouzi Beinsaïdi, Amine Lansari, Lyna Khoudri, Adam Bessa
Producer: Serge Zeitoun, Patrick Quinet
Director of Photography: Pierre Aïm
Production Design: Patricia Ruelle
Editor: Sophie Brunet
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: Bac Films
Production: Liaison Cinématographique; Artémis Productions
Contact: Juliette Béchu, Bac Films:


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