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The Imperialists Are Still Alive! (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama | 2010 (USA)
Juggling the sudden abduction of her childhood sweetheart as well as a blooming love affair, a French Manhattanite makes her way as an artist in an indifferent, sometimes hostile world.


Zeina Durra


Zeina Durra
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Credited cast:
Élodie Bouchez ... Asya
José María de Tavira ... Javier
Karim Saleh ... Karim
Karolina Muller ... Tatiana
Marianna Kulukundis ... Athena
Rita Ackerman Rita Ackerman ... Libby
Pierluca Arancio ... Marco
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ahd ... Iraqi woman (as Ahd Kamel)
Sumy Ahn Sumy Ahn ... Sun-Tae (as Sumy Ahn Lee)
Victoria Aitken Victoria Aitken ... Lady in Bathroom
Ted Arcidi ... Don
Neville Aurelius Neville Aurelius ... Bartender
Sophie Auster ... Savina
Sebastian Beacon ... Eurotrash Boy
Judson Blane ... Maribelle's Boyfriend


Asya is a conceptual artist living in Manhattan, active in ex-patriot Middle Eastern politics and fearful of arrest for pro-Palestinian sympathies. Israel is shelling Beirut, her brother is there seeking escape. She meets Javier, from Mexico. They go to nightclubs, embrace in hallways, and begin a relationship. One of Asya's friends, who is to be married, believes her fiancé has been kidnapped - a rendition. Others are careful what they say in public. Aysa's mother organizes pro-Arab activities. A cab driver tells Asya to drop Javier and be with him. She receives word from Beirut. Can a person pursue art and a relationship while the imperialists are still alive? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Not Rated

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Release Date:

2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imperialisci sa wsród nas! See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,832, 17 April 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,832, 17 April 2011
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Production Co:

Hi, Jack Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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beautiful 16mm, deadpan multiculti whit stillman feminist rocknrollah
14 April 2011 | by saadi-soudavarSee all my reviews

Excellent film. I saw it twice on the festival circuit and it made me laugh. It's beautifully made and touches upon things that nobody else bothers to deal with. Elodie Bouchez is phenomenal in it. A totally new perspective that's well done.

Although its milieu is privileged it's remarkably self-aware and hilarious in its exploration of class divisions and the various ethnicities in NYC. It's more than just the usual indie story of trying to find their way, much more assured, witty and political. An interesting feminist perspective, great shot structure and a sweet love story to boot.

Go see this film!

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