Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread) and Vincent Lacoste (Christophe Honoré’s Sorry Angel, NYFF56) bring a firebrand vitality to this 1950s-set true story of revolutionary conviction and romantic passion. Lacoste plays real-life communist dissident Fernand Iveton, who, on a brief trip to Paris for medical tests, falls in love with headstrong Hélène (Krieps), an escapee from an oppressive regime in Poland. Entranced by each other’s devotion to their principles, they marry and move to Algiers, where Fernand came of age among Marxist radicals. As the revolution explodes, Fernand throws himself into the Algerian resistance, while Hélène, aware of the suffering she witnessed before starting a new life, must reckon with just how much her husband is willing to sacrifice.
Featuring a pre-recorded Q&A with director, Hélier Cisterne
Directed by: Hélier Cisterne
Algeria, Belgium, France 2021 | 92 min.
Premiere: Hawai‘i Premiere
Languages: Arabic, French with English Subtitles
Screenplay: Katell Quillévéré, Hélier Cisterne, with the participation of Antoine Barraud
Producer: Justin Taurand
Cinematographer: Hichame Alaouié SBC
Music: Emile Sornin
Cast: Vincent Lacoste, Vicky Krieps, Jules Langlade, Marc Brunet, Thomas Ducasse, Jeanne Carré, Raphael Thiéry
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