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Return to Bollène w/ filmmaker Saïd Hamich in person!

  • Arena Cinelounge 6464 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles (map)

Writer/Director/Producer Saïd Hamich will present his film and participate in a Q&A after the screening!

Retour à Bollène
By Saïd Hamich, (2017) France/Morocco - with English subtitles - 69 min

Saïd  Hamich’s  taut  semi-autobiographical  drama  avoids  all  the  clichés  of the “banlieue-film,” that highly uneven subgenre of films set in French housing projects, generally populated by people of North African descent and  too  often  devoted  to  the  spectacle  of  cops  chasing  dealers,  to  pro-vide an insightful, at times painful look at the challenges and contradictions experienced by the children of North African immigrants to France.
Return to Bollène features the carefully nuanced, resonant story of Nassim, a French-Moroccan businessman based in Abu Dabi who returns to the  South  of  France  and  his  hometown  of  Bollène  to  attend  his  sister’s  engagement ceremony and introduce his American fiancée to his family. Through  a  series  of  encounters  with  family  members  and  old  acquaintances,  a  subtle  picture  emerges  of  a  brilliant  young  man  in  flight  from  his traditional family and the dead-end town where he was raised. While it  is  powerfully  astute  and  balanced  in  its  assessment  of  the  situation  in  France—notably  on  the  rise  of  the  extreme  right—Return  to  Bollènea achieves a universal quality in its depiction of alienation born of exclusion and shame.

Co-presented by the French Film and TV Office