ROCK THE CASBAH

ALGERIAN AND MOROCCAN FILM NIGHT

Published On November 7, 2014 | By John Hanshaw | FILM SCREENINGS

WASHINGTON FILM INSTITUTE and the

ARABIAN SIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL

cordially invite you to an Algerian & Moroccan Film Night!

FILM SCREENINGS & WINE RECEPTION
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7
EMBASSY OF FRANCE, 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW, Washington, DC

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AMERICAN PREMIERE

THE PROOF

AMOR HAKKAR
Algeria, France, 2013, 93 minutes, Color, Digital

Ali, a taxi driver in Algeria, is afraid. His wife, Houria, has two daughters by her deceased first husband, but their hopes for a baby of their own are fading. Secretly, Ali goes to another town to have his fertility tested—with the feared negative result. On his way back, Ali gives the pregnant Fatima a ride. Shortly after, the young woman claims that he is the father of her unborn child. When Houria leaves him, Ali can either reveal his infertility or live with his alleged infidelity. He could easily save his marriage—but at what cost to his manhood? From the director of The Yellow House (Arabian Sights, 2008), The Proof is a captivating film about the fetters of traditional beliefs.—Various Sources

In Arabic with English subtitles

Complimentary wine reception immediately following the screening at the Embassy of France from 8:05 to 9:00 PM

Friday November 7 6:30 PM $12  Embassy of France   

Advance tickets are available through Missiontix.com until midnight the day before the show. No Missiontix.com sales on the day of show. However tickets can be purchased at the theater starting one hour before the first show. Questions? Call our hotline 202-234-FILM (3456)

 


 

ROCK THE CASBAH

LAILA MARRAKCHI
France, Morocco, 2013, 100 minutes, Color, Digital

Winner of the Signis Award during Filmfest DC (2014) and back by popular demand! Set in a lavish villa in Tangier, Rock the Casbah unfolds over the three days of mourning by local custom, following the death of a major family patriarch, Moulay Hassan. The solemnity of the occasion is disrupted by the unexpected return of the rebellious youngest daughter who left Morocco, against her father’s wishes, seeking an acting career in the United States. Her sisters, rattled by her unsettling antics, come to reconsider their life choices in moments of emotional reckoning. And as their father’s remains are prepared for burial, the three siblings find themselves unearthing some dramatic family secrets. This bittersweet drama laced with satire stars some of the Arab world’s most acclaimed female actors: Hiam Abbas, Nadine Labaki, Lubna Azabal, and Morjana Alaoui, supported by screen icon Omar Sharif.—Toronto International Film Festival

In French and Arabic with English subtitles

Complimentary wine reception preceding the screening at the Embassy of France from 8:05 to 9:00 PM

Friday November 7 8:45 PM $12  Embassy of France   

Advance tickets are available through Missiontix.com until midnight the day before the show. No Missiontix.com sales on the day of show. However tickets can be purchased at the theater starting one hour before the first show. Questions? Call our hotline 202-234-FILM (3456)
 


And on Sunday the Closing Film & Party!

CERTIFIED HALAL

MAHMOUD ZEMMOURI
Algeria, France, 2014, 90 minutes, Color, Digital

In Person: Director Mahmoud Zemmouri, and Producer Marie-Laurence Attias

They planned everything except losing the bride! In Southern Algeria, two processions collide at the tomb of the local mystic. Amidst confusion, two brides are switched… Kenza, a Parisian student kidnapped and drugged by her brother is to marry a chicken breeder. She’s mistaken for Sultana, who’s promised to a shepherd. With unexpected twists and turns Kenza escapes whereas her counterpart hasn’t met with any luck. Drugged, Sultana cannot run from Attalah at the night of their wedding… What remains are the nuptials to wash away the infamy. But will Sultana submit to the laws of tradition? This entertaining comedy stars Hafsia Herzi and Mourade Zeguendi. From the director of Beur, Blanc, Rouge (Arabian Sights, 2006). —Various Sources

In French and Arabic with English Subtitles

Sunday November 9 

6:30 PM

AMC Mazza Gallerie

$17.00 – followed by closing party

Advance tickets are available through Missiontix.com until midnight the day before the show. No Missiontix.com sales on the day of show. However tickets can be purchased at the theater starting one hour before the first show. Questions? Call our hotline 202-234-FILM (3456)

 


CAN’T MAKE IT ON FRIDAY?
SEE THE REST OF THE ARABIAN SIGHTS FESTIVAL PROGRAM AT:
http://bit.ly/10XLgH5

 

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