Bachir Lazhar, an Algerian immigrant, is hired to replace a primary school teacher who has suffered a tragic death. As the class embarks on a long healing process, nobody at the school suspects Bachir’s painful past, or that he fears being deported at any moment. Adapted from the play of the same title by Évelyne de la Chenelière. –Locarno Film Festival
After studying Canadian politics and international relations, Philippe Falardeau was chosen in 1993 as a contestant for the popular TV series “La course destination monde” (1988) (a contest were the participants tour the world making short films). There, he shot 20 films and ended up winning the race as well as the IDRC Award.
In 1995, he collaborated with director Jacques Godbout to co-write Le sort de l’Amérique (1996) a National Film Board of Canada documentary.
Two years later, he returned to the NBF to direct a medium length documentary on Chinese immigration in Canada, called Pâté chinois (1997). The film was presented at the Montreal World Film Festival and won Best Screenplay Award at the Yorkton Film Festival.
In 2000, he directed his first theatrical feature film, La moitié gauche du frigo (2000) (The Left-Hand Side of the Fridge). The film was a big success in Canada, and screened in numerous festivals around the world including Rotterdam… read more
Three Tigers go to China, Chile/Netherlands and Serbia. Plus, more awards.
Plus: José Luis Torres Leiva’s leader for the Hubert Bals Fund, Copia imperfecta an homage to Raúl Ruiz.
New work by Takashi Miike, Lav Diaz, James Benning and more.
The AV Club‘s and Salon’s are among the new lists. Also, a new issue of Offscreen.
Also: The video games and songs of 2011.
Action from Indonesia, musical comedy from Lebanon, global warming in the Maldives and more.
Accettare e riuscire a superare la morte improvvisa di una persona cara è un passaggio difficile, se si è poco più che bambini ancora di più. Dovrebbe far tremare le vene e i polsi il tema che questo… read review
There is little doubt that we live in a culture of paradoxes, especially when it comes to raising children. Parents are apt at letting their children know when it is time to go to bed or to clear their… read review
After François Hollande´s victory in the last French presidential elections, Algerian flags have been seen in the Place de la Bastille. Not really surprising. Thousands of Algerians immigrate to France… read review