Neither Allah, Nor Master!
A film by Nadia El Fani
|Winner of the International Secular Prize, Tunisian-Franco filmmaker Nadia El Fani, an avowed atheist, takes a personal approach to this cinematic exploration of secularism in the Muslim country of Tunisia before and after the deposition of Ben Ali.|
The film, which was made by at the height of the 2010-2011 revolutions in North Africa, has proven so controversial that it has made the director a target of extremist death threats.
When the Tunisian people toppled dictator Ben Ali, they sparked an unprecedented era of freedom and optimism and launched the Arab Spring in country after country. El Fani argues, however, that a resurgent Islamism threatens these gains.
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A film by Grégory Magne
Starring Emmanuelle Devos and Grégory Montel
|Anne Walberg is a wildly successful master of perfumes. She has an incredible gift for creating fragrances, but is temperamental and a perfectionist. Guillaume, her new chauffeur, desperately needs the job to maintain custody of his daughter. He is the only person in Anne’s life who pushes back on her unreasonable demands, and she cautiously begins to let the rumpled chauffeur into her life. This nuanced and delightful dramedy stars Emmanuelle Devos (Read My Lips) and Grégory Montel (Call My Agent) as two people who just might need each other more than they realize.|
The Virgin, The Copts, and Me
A film by Namir Abel Messeeh
|A non-believer born in Egypt and raised in France by his Copt parents, filmmaker Namir Abdel Messeeh has a complicated relationship with his ethnoreligious heritage. The Virgin, The Copts and Me is a playful and warm personal account of his attempt to better understand his roots while making his first feature film.|
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Viva la Liberta
A film by Roberto Ando
Starring Toni Servillo
|In this elegant and chilling story about world politics, the great Toni Servillo defies expectations playing two roles, imbuing each character with brilliant nuance and astonishing attention to detail. In the first, he personifies political failure in the role of the disgraced ideologue and party leader, Enrico Oliveri. In the second, he embodies the shrewd genius of a madman as Oliveri’s unhinged twin brother who seizes control of the nation amidst the void of his brother’s disappearance.|