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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.

Director:

Zeina Durra

Writer:

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 Judson Blane ... Maribelle's Boyfriend
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Not Rated

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Enough films have been made where the Middle-Eastern characters are portrayed either as sinister maniacs or down right primitives hell bent on disrupting the ways of the West. Forget the fact that they were very insulting- you'd hope most people watching them have enough intelligence to realise this. Worse was how lazy these films were. And indeed are! Which is just one of the reasons why Zeina Durra's film shines so brightly. I saw this film over a year ago at Sundance. Not only was it the strongest thing I saw at the festival, it was one of the most original films to come out of independent cinema in the US for a while. It focuses primarily on characters from the Middle-East but not like the ones we've previously had the misfortune of seeing on our cinema screens. These characters live, party, dream, worry and embarrass themselves just like the rest of us. Durra shows us their interactions with great poise and knowledge. The result being a very funny and intelligent film. The casting in a film such as this is crucial and the director has got it pretty much spot on. An important note- this is Durra's debut feature film and in my humble opinion signals the start of a promising and original career.


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Language:

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Release Date:

2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imperialisci sa wsród nas! See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,832, 17 April 2011

Gross USA:

$5,874

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,874
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1.85 : 1
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