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French-born Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb's new film "Road to Istanbul" (La route des lacs) is premiering at this year's Berlinale in the Panorama section. This is a film that looks particularly interesting to me as it deals with a mother and her only daughter - a 20-year-old who has left Belgium to join Isis.
Bouchareb's artfully crafted films "Dust of Life," "Days of Glory," and "Outside the Law" were nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, making Algeria the African country with the most nominations in the category and solidifying the director as the most important figure in North African cinema today.
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The official synopsis for "Road to Istanbul" reads as follows:
When the police inform her that Elodie, her only daughter, 20, has left to join the Islamic State somewhere between Syria and Iraq, Elisabeth's life is thrown into turmoil. She is in shock and cannot understand this decision because the war does not concern them. Elisabeth manages to contact Elodie but finds herself at a loss faced with this young woman whom she no longer recognizes. Alone in her struggle, she decides to set off for Syria to look for her daughter and to convince her to return to Belgium with her. Will mother and daughter be able to reunite and understand each other?
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Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne co-produce out of their Brussels-shingle Les Films du Fleuve. Producer of Rebecca Zlotowski’s highly regarded debut “Belle épine” and follow-up “Grand Central,” which established her a director to track, Les Films Velvet’s lead produces out of France.
“Good Luck Sam” is the first feature of Farid Bentoumi, a laureat of France’s Emergence talent development program whose alums include Mia Hansen-Love and Katell Quillevere, two of France’s most exciting young distaff directors.
Bentoumi’s project was originally god-mothered at Emergence by Agnes Jaoui (“Let It Rain”). It is co-penned by Bentoumi, Gaelle Mace (“Aylah”) and Noe Debre, co-scribe on Jacques Audiard’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheephan” and Thomas Bidegain’s “The Cowboys.”
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La route des lacs (Road to Istanbul)
Director: Rachid Bouchareb
Franco-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb continues a prolific shooting schedule with his latest project, La route des lacs (Road to Istanbul), which tackles an extremely topical scenario regarding terrorist recruits and Isis when a mother discovers her child has joined the dangerous organization. Recently, Bouchareb has been navigating the Us Pacific Southwest with English language items Just Like a Woman (2012) and his 2014 remake of Two Men in Town. For this latest, he pairs with regular co-writers Lorelle, Galeron, and Yasmina Khadra (who penned the exceptional 2012 film The Attack for Ziad Doueiri, which Bouchareb produced), and the film will be headlined by Belgian actress Astrid Whettnall and rising star Pauline Burlet (who appeared in La Vie En Rose as well as Asghar Farhadi’s The Past in 2013). Thus far, this sounds similar to Bouchareb’s 2008 film, »
- Nicholas Bell
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