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Activities - 25/05/2012
THE REPENTANT wins Cannes Europa Cinemas Label
Franco-Algerian film THE REPENTANT (EL TAAIB), directed by Merzak Allouache has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European film in the Directors’ Fortnight section, it was announced today by a jury of four exhibitors from the Network. 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Europa Cinemas Network, and the ninth time the Label has been awarded in Cannes.
THE REPENTANT (EL TAAIB) will now receive the support of the Europa Cinemas Network, with additional promotion and incentives for exhibitors to extend the film’s run on screen.
The jury issued the following statement: “After a long debate, we decided to award the Label to THE REPENTANT (EL TAAIB). This is a brave and powerful film about the possible redemption of a young terrorist, and the impact on his family. Strong imagery and performances drive the film, and the end of the film is especially effective – there are no easy solutions to this problem.”
Synopsis: Algeria region of the high flatlands. As Islamist groups continue to spread terror, Rashid, a young Jihadist, leaves the mountains to return to his village. In keeping with the law « of pardon and national harmony », he has to surrender to the police and give up his weapon. He thus receives amnesty and becomes a « repenti ». But the law cannot erase his crimes and for Rachid it's the beginning of a one-way journey of violence, secrets and manipulation.
Merzak Allouache is both the director and the screenwriter. Yacine Djadi produces the film with co-producers, Jacques Bidou and Marianne Dumoulin. It is a Baya Films and JBA Production with the participation of TV5Monde, Fonds Sud Cinema, Le Centre National du Cinema et de l'Image Animee, and L'Institut Francais. Mohamed Tayeb Laggoune is the Director of Photography; sound is by Ali Mahfiche, Xavier Thibault, Carole Vermer, and Julien Perez; the Editor is Sylvie Gadmer, and the cast includes Nabil Asli, Adila Bendimered and Khaled Benaissa.
The Europa Cinemas jury consisted of four Network exhibitors: Sarah Beaufol (Le Méliès in Pau, France); Paula Astorga Riestra (Cineteca Nacional – Mexico); Erik Hamre (Gentofte Kino, Denmark); Francesc Vilallonga (Cinema Truffaut in Girona, Spain).