30.09. - 09.10.2021

Monsieur Lazhar Canada 2011 | 94 min | OV | Colour | FF 2011

Philippe Falardeau

Several of the films by Philippe Falardeau (*1968) have won a Jutra, the most important Canadian film prize. For C'est Pas Moi, Je Le Jure! (2008) he won the Glass Bear and the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk Film Prize. In 2011, Filmfest Hamburg showed his film Monsieur Lazhar.

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Bachir Lazhar, an Algerian immigrant in Canada, is hired to replace an elementary school teacher who died tragically. While the class goes through a long healing process, nobody in the school is aware of Bachir's painful former life; nor that he is at risk of being deported at any moment. Adapted from Evelyne de la Cheneliere's play, Monsieur Lazhar depicts the encounter between two distant worlds and the power of self-expression.

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Original title: Bachir Lazhar
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Arabic, English, French
Language and subtitles: OV
Director: Philippe Falardeau
Screenplay: Philippe Falardeau
Cast: Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron, Danielle Proulx, Brigitte Poupart
Producer: Luc Déry, Kim McCraw
Director of Photography: Ronald Plante
Music: Martin Léon
Production Design: Emmanuel Frechette
Editor: Stéphane Lafleur
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor: Arsenal Filmverleih GmbH
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