Free Men

R. Ismaël Ferroukhi, Featured, 99' min., France, 2011.
Saturday, 26. May at 20:00 / Cinema Europa

Slobodni ljudi Free Men

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Cast

Tahar Rahim, Michael Lonsdale, Mahmud Shalaby

Synopsis

1942, in German-occupied Paris. Younes, a young unemployed Algerian, earns his living as a black marketeer. Arrested by the French police, Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Mosque. The police suspects indeed the Mosque authorities, among which Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit, its Rector, of helping Resistance fighters and Jews by giving them false certificates. At the Mosque, Younes meets the Algerian singer Salim Halali. Younes is moved by Salim’s beautiful voice and strong personality and they become friends. Soon after, he discovers that Salim is Jewish. In spite of the risks it entails, Younes stops collaborating with the police. Confronted by this barbarism, Younes gradually develops from being a politically ignorant immigrant worker into a fully-fledged freedom fighter.

Awards

  • 2012. - Santa Barbara IFF - Best International Film Award
  • 2012. - FAJR IFF - Best Film
  • 2012. - FAJR IFF - Best Director
  • 2011. - Abu Dhabi - Best director from the Arab world

Trailer: Free Men