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Irina Lubtchansky

“In preparation [for Ismaël’s Ghosts], Arnaud had asked me to rewatch Bergman’s The Passion of Anna. In that film, there are very red and very green dominant tones, and I understood he wanted us to be radical. So I decided to gel the windows, the spots, and the camera.”

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    SOUTH TERMINAL

    Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche France, 2019

    The latest film by Algerian-French auteur Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche is an engrossing drama tinged with a thriller’s suspense. Echoing Casablanca’s hero fighting to keep wartime neutrality and Transit’s clever use of an unnamed locale, Ameur-Zaïmeche vividly tells a timeless story of paramount urgency.

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    STORY OF JUDAS

    Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche France, 2015

    Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche plays one of the world’s great outsiders—Jesus’ disciple Judas—in this Algeria-set revision of the famous Biblical tale. Shining a more compassionate light on Judas than others before him, the film rethinks the last days of Jesus from the perspective of his closest follower.

    DERNIER MAQUIS

    Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche France, 2008

    The third feature by auteur Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche is this subtly observed take on the French-Algerian immigrant experience. Integrating thorny themes such as religious belief and workers’ rights into the very core of the story, Dernier Maquis is a warmly crafted Ken Loach-style drama.

    SMUGGLERS' SONGS

    Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche France, 2011

    The first non-contemporary drama from Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche finds revolutionary fervor in the air following the death of a Robin Hood-like outlaw. Playfully inventive in its digitally-captured recreation of the past, Smugglers’ Songs features a barnstorming turn from fellow director, Jacques Nolot.

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