Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2013

All Films

The Repentant (Le Repenti)

Arab Feature Film Competition

Merzak Allouache / Feature Narrative / Algeria, France / 2012 / 87 min / Colour / DCP
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Drama
MENA Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual over the age of 18.

Screenings

  • Mon, Nov 19, 09:45 PM, Katara Drama Theatre (K16-DT)
    Regular screening Tickets sales closed
  • Thu, Nov 22, 06:00 PM, Museum of Islamic Art Auditorium (MIA-A)
    Regular screening Tickets sales closed
  • Fri, Nov 23, 09:30 PM, Katara 12 Theatre A (K12-A)
    Regular screening
    To purchase ticket, please go to
    ‘Best Narrative Short and Feature’.

Synopsis

Algerian director Merzak Allouache’s award-winning ‘The Repentant’ digs deep into Algeria’s ‘black decade’ for a close look at the lingering effects of extremism and the nation’s recent civil war. When the government enacts a law that provides amnesty to rebels who lay down their arms, Rashid, a jihadist fighter, leaves his hideout in the mountains, rejects violence and returns home. He gets a job at a café and begins to reintegrate into society, but when a pharmacist acquaintance asks Rashid to reveal secrets about his family, his life takes an unforgettable and emotional turn. A precise narrative style and distinguished performances from the cast allow Allouache to place viewers at the heart of this engaging and deeply touching story. The film appeared at the second edition of the Arab Spring Film Festival in Paris in September, and was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

About the Directors

© Brigitte Lacombe

Born in 1944, Merzak Allouache studied film in his native Algeria and subsequently at IDHEC in Paris. ‘Omar Gatlato’, his 1976 debut (also screening at DTFF), marked the birth of the new Algerian cinema. His other films include ‘Bab-el-Oued City’ (1993), ‘Salut cousin!’ (1995) and ‘Normal!’, which won Best Film here last year.

Credits

Director
Merzak Allouache
Screenwriter
Merzak Allouache
Producer
Yacine Djabi
Editor
SYLVIE GADMER
Co-Producer
Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin
Cinematographer
MOHAMED TAYEB LAGGOUNE
Sound
ALI MAHFICHE, XAVIER THIBAULT, Carole Verner, JULIEN PEREZ
Cast
Nabil Asli, Adila Bendimerad, Khaled Benaissa

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