The Last Queen
Spring Grants 2018 - Production Stage
Current project status: PRODUCTION
It is the year 1516. Algiers is a small Arabian-Berber republic, suffocated by the Spaniards, who have had control of the harbour for six years. King Salim Toumi allies with the pirate Aroudj Barberousse in order to free the city. After their victory, Salim is assassinated in his bathtub. Barberousse becomes the new ruler of Algiers, and is confronted with a rebellion. Both history and legend tell that Salim Toumi, the last King of Algiers, had a wife named Zaphira, and that Aroudj Barberousse desired her, famously saying “I will take his palace, and I will mount his horse and his wife.”
- Damien Ounouri
- Damien Ounouri, Adila Bendimerad
- Adila Bendimerad
About the Director
Born in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Damien Ounouri is a graduate of the Sorbonne and currently conducts cinema workshops for children and teenagers in both France and Algeria. He has made the short documentaries ‘Changping Sonata’ (2007) and ‘Away from Nedjma’ (2009), and the feature-length documentary ‘Xiao Jia Going Home’ (2008), about Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke, which screened at a dozen festivals.
Production Company Profile
Taj Intaj is a cinematographic production company based in Algiers. The company was founded in 2011 by actress Adila Bendimerad with the aim to discover and bring about the emergence of new Algerian talent.
AGAT Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo is a collective grouping of eight producers inspired by shared values that do not rule out each other's point of view and sensitivity. This respect of difference is the basis of a company philosophy that strives to preserve the balance between a principle of pleasure (each producer's desire) and a principle of reality (the smooth running of the company). This basic structure has allowed the company to produce in a wide variety of genres: original documentaries, scientific programming, animated films, theme evenings, live performances, films for the cinema, series, TV-movies, among others. This synergy, this continual movement between documentary and fiction, is viewed by the collective as one of the ways to explore our relationship with our times, to participate in the understanding and questioning of the age. Recent credits include ‘The Villa' (2017) by Robert Guédiguian; 'The Young Karl Marx' (2017) by Raoul Peck; 'The Aquatic Effect’ (2016) by Solveig Anspach; ‘A Young Girl in Her Nineties’ (2016) by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi; 'The Other Side' (2015) by Roberto Minervini; and ‘National Diploma’ (2014) by Dieudo Hamadi.