MAY ALLAH BLESS FRANCE! / QU’ALLAH BÉNISSE LA FRANCE !

2015 ARCHIVE

Director: Abd Al Malik
Cast: Marc Zinga, Sabrina Ouazini, Larouci Didi, Mickaël Nagenraft, Matteo Falkone
Country: France
Year: 2014
Genre: Drama / Autobiographical
Duration: 96 minutes
Rating: M – violence, offensive language, drug use & sexual references

“A hymn to tolerance (…) A filmmaker saturated with talent.”

Toute la Culture 

Synopsis

Celebrated French rapper and author Abd Al Malik makes his directorial debut with an adaptation of his 2004 autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his rise from the underprivileged streets of Strasbourg through love, education and music.

Régis (played by the superb Marc Zinga) is a culturally gifted boy who dreams of success for his rap band through hard work and loyalty, but he must accept drug money for the sake of his project.

Discovering Islam and love, Régis bears the harsh loss and paybacks of delinquency until he finds the strength to express himself through rap music and slam-poetry, which ultimately shoots him to stardom on the French music scene.

Hot off the success of winning the International Critics’ Award at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014, May Allah Bless France! is a powerful story about searching for one’s path in life, tolerance, and remaining true to yourself. Shot in stark black and white by celebrated cinematographer Pierre Aïm (La Haine, Welcome to the Sticks), Malik’s cinematic voice is what TIFF organisers describe as “strong and distinct, matching the one that’s made him an award-winning recording artist”.

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AUCKLAND – RIALTO
Fri 27 Feb 2:30 PM
Thu 5 Mar 8:45 PM
Sun 8 Mar 10:30 AM

AUCKLAND – TAKAPUNA
Wed 25 Feb 8:30 PM

CHRISTCHURCH
Mon 9 Mar 8:30 PM

NELSON
Mon 9 Mar 8:45 PM

WELLINGTON
Fri 13 Mar 12:00 PM D
Fri 27 Mar 8:30 PM D

DUNEDIN
Wed 25 Mar 8:30 PM

HAVELOCK NORTH
Thu 26 Mar 2:30 PM

HAMILTON
Thu 23 Apr 8:30 PM

E Embassy Theatre
D Deluxe Theatre

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