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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2015 - 17.26 July

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Category: Edition 2015

Fatima lives on her own with two daughters to support: fifteenyear old Souad, a teenager in revolt, and eighteen-year old Nesrine, who is starting medical school. Fatima speaks French poorly and is constantly frustrated by her daily interactions with her daughters. Her pride and joy, they are also a source of worry. To ensure the best possible future for them, she works odd hours as a cleaning woman. One day, she takes a fall on the stairs. On leave, Fatima begins to write to her daughters in Arabic that which she has never been able to express in French.

Original Title FATIMA
Category Official Competition
Section Generator +18
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 79'
Production Year 2015
Nationality France
Directed by Philippe Faucon
Screenplay Philippe Faucon
Based on the book “Prière à la lune” “Enfin, je peux marcher seule”
by Fatima Elayoubi
Director of photography Laurent Fénart
Editor Sophie Mandonnet
Costume Design Nezha Rahil
Sound Thierry Morlaas-Lurbe
Music Robert-Marcel Lepage
Main cast Soria Zeroual (Fatima)
Zita Hanrot (Nesrine)
Kenza Noah Aïche (Souad)
Chawki Amari (the father)
Produced by Yasmina Nini-Faucon Philippe, Faucon Serge, Noël

Philippe-Faucon-regOKPhilippe Faucon
Born 1958, Oujda (Morocco). He studied at the University of Aix-en-Provence in France. In 1989 he directed his first theatrical feature film, L’AMOUR. Afterwards he made the theatrical feature films SAMIA (2000), THE BEATRAYAL (LA TRAHISON, 2005), DANS LA VIE (2008), LA DÉSINTÉGRATION (2012), the TV movies SABINE (1992), MURIEL’S PARENTS HAVE HAD IT UP TO HERE (MURIEL FAIT LE DÉSESPOIR DE SES PARENTS, 1995), BEING SEVENTEEN (MES DIX-SEPT ANS, 1996), THE STRANGERS (LES ÉTRANGERS, 1999), GRÉGOIRE PEUT MIEUX FAIRE (2001), and the TV series D’AMOUR ET DE REVOLTES (2008). FATIMA was screened at the Directors’ Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival 2015.

Director’s statement
“My grand-parents didn’t speak French, and neither did my mother when she was a child. They were ‘the invisible ones’ in the society they lived in. Some of Fatima’s manners remind me of them. She is like those women, only partly schooled, who had to emigrate out of vital necessity, to come and live in a country whose language and codes were completely unknown to them. In France, they gave birth to children and raised them, even though sometimes they were kept apart by the language or by different customs and points of reference. For all these reasons, regardless of the things they didn’t know or master, these women have developed major resources, drawn from fierce courage and obstinacy”.

Istiqlal Films
Possibles Média
Arte France Cinéma
Rhône-Alpes Cinéma

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