WED 18 NOV 18.00
Algeria / France / Germany 2020 | Original version with subtitles | 80 min
Q & A Karim Aïnouz and Toby Ashraf
Spring 2019: On his first trip to Algeria, Brazilian-Algerian filmmaker Karim Aïnouz directly witnessed the protests against a fifth term of office for President Bouteflika. At the Maghreb Café in Algiers he meets the waitress, actress and political activist Nardjes. Aïnouz decides to accompany Nardjes in Algiers for a period of 24 hours on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019.
Filmed with his smartphone, Aïnouz succeeds in creating a stirring cinematic document of the so-called “Revolution of Smile”. He draws a vivid portrait of an Algerian youth who takes to the streets with self-confidence against corruption and for the democratic future of their country.
Karim Aïnouz was born in 1966 in Fortaleza in the northeast of Brazil. After completing his architectural studies in Brazil, he studied film at New York University. Since 1990 he has been making feature films and documentaries and works in an installative way. His feature film debut Madame Satã premiered in 2002 in Cannes in the section Un Certain Regard. He also made the films Love for Sale, 2006 (Venice Orizzonti), I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You, 2009 (Venice Orizzonti) and The Silver Cliff, 2011 (Cannes Directors’ Fortnight). In 2014 Futuro Beach was shown in the competition of the 64th Berlinale. The documentary film Zentralflughafen THF celebrated its premiere at the 68th Berlinale (Panorama) and won the Amnesty International Prize. His last feature film The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmão won the prize Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival 2019 and was Brazilian Oscar-winning.