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The Repentant

El Taaib

Nearly a decade into the country's civil war, a young Algerian jihadist takes advantage of a national amnesty to leave the mountains and rejoin civil society. But the past is not so easily set aside. A beautifully made, deeply felt drama from a veteran director.

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May 29, 2013 8:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
June 3, 2013 4:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

Nearly a decade into the country's civil war, Rashid, a young Jihadi fighter, takes advantage of a national amnesty to leave the mountains and rejoin civil society. In keeping with the 1999 law of "pardon and national harmony," he must surrender to the police and give up his weapon. Those who do so are known as "repentants." Rashid moves into town and begins working in a café, struggling with reintegration into a community that now loathes him. Also trying to get on with his life is the local pharmacist, Lakhdar, separated from his wife and grieving the disappearance of their daughter. When the two men cross paths, they find that, law or no law, the past is not so easily set aside, and banding together with Djamila, Lakhdar's ex-wife, they undertake to face their demons together. This beautifully made, deeply felt drama from veteran director Merzak Allouache may be the finest work of his career.

Director Biography
Merzak Allouache is an Algerian director and screenwriter whose long and illustrious career spans 18 films and 37 years. His first film, Omar Gatlato, won the Silver Prize in the 10th Moscow International Film Festival, and his subsequent films have won multiple awards at festivals across the globe.

Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Director: Merzak Allouache
Principal Cast: Adila Bendimerad, Khaled Benaissa, Nabil Asli
Country: Algeria
Year: 2012
Running Time: 87 minutes
Producer: Yacine Djadi, Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin
Screenplay: Merzak Allouache
Cinematographers: Mohamed Tayeb Laggoune
Editors: Sylvie Gadmer
Website: http://www.jbaproduction.com/en/fiche_the-repentant_126.html
Awards: Cannes Film Festival 2012 (Label Europa Cinemas); Kerala International Film Festival 2012 (FIPRESCI Award); Chicago International Film Festival 2012 (Silver Hugo Special Mention)
Filmography: Burn (2009); L'autre monde (2001) Salut cousin! (1996); Bab El-Oued City (1994) Un amour à Paris (1987); Mughamarat batal (1979); Omar Gatiato (1977)
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
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