Spring Grant 2011 - Production Stage
During the war in Algeria, El Hadi, the great uncle of filmmaker Damien Ounouri joined his sister in France and became an active member of a secret National Liberation Front (FLN) armed group. Attempted murder, hiding, imprisonment and finally deportation back to Algeria in 1962, his personal journey tells the whole story. Now sixty-nine years old, the film marks the first time El Hadi has revealed this dark chapter of his past.
- Damien Ounouri
- Damien Ounouri
- Mathieu Mullier-Griffiths, Alexandre Singer
About the Director
Born in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Damien Ounouri is an Algerian-French director based in Algiers. He studied cinema theory, developing its practical application as a self-taught skill. His documentary FIDAI (2012), co-produced by the acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhang-Ke, had its premiere at the Toronto TIFF and was shown in cinemas throughout France. His medium-length film ‘Kindil El Bahr’ (2016) had its premiere at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and was broadcast on ARTE. He also directs video-clips and commercials, teaches at cinematographic workshops, and is associate producer for Taj Intaj (Algeria). ‘The Last Queen’ is his first full-length feature film.
Awards and Festival History
Vienna International Film Festival 2012, in International Competition (Austria)
Dok Leipzig 2012, in International Competition Documentary Film Cateogry (Germany)
Toronto International Film Festival 2012 (Canada)
Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2012, in the
Received Best Documentary Feature Filmmaker - Special Mention at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2012 (Qatar)
Won the Best Film Award, at the Latin Arab International Film Festival 2012 (Argentina)
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