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51th Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Fatima

Fortnight 2015, Feature film, 1h19

Synopsis

Fatima lives alone with her two daughters : Souad, 15, a rebellious teenager, and Nesrine, 18, who is starting medical school. Fatima doesn’t speak French well, a great frustration to her in her daily relations with her daughters. At the same time, her girls are her motivation and her pride as well as a source of worry to her. In order to give them the best possible future, Fatima works irregular hours as a house cleaner. One day, she falls down a flight of stairs. While she is off work, Fatima starts writing to her daughters in Arabic, telling them everything she hasn’t been able to express in French.

Director

Philippe Faucon

Philippe Faucon was born in Oujda, Morocco, in 1958. His first six films were produced by Humbert Balsan. In 2005, he founded Istiqlal Films with Yasmina Nini-Faucon.

Chawki Amari
Kenza-Noah Aiche
Soria Zeroual
Zita Hanrot

Screenplay
Philippe Faucon

Image
Laurent Fenart

Sound
Thierry Morlaas-Lurbe

Editing
Sophie Mandonnet

Music
Robert-Marcel Lepage

Production :
Istiqlal Films
127 rue de la Louisiane
83000 Toulon – France
T : +33 4 94 92 07 85
contact@istiqlal-films.com

coproduction:
Possibles Média Inc. (Canada)

Ventes / Foreign sales :
Pyramide International
5 rue du Chevalier Saint-George
75008 Paris – France
T : +33 1 42 96 02 20
amauruc@pyramidefilms.com
eperlie@pyramidefilms.com

Distribution :
Pyramide Distribution
5 rue du Chevalier Saint-George
75008 Paris – France
T : +33 1 42 96 01 01
distribution@pyramidefilms.com
rarnold@pyramidefilms.com

Presse Nationale / National press :
Robert Schlockoff
T : +33 1 47 38 14 02
T : +33 6 80 27 20 59
rscom@noos.fr
Assisté de Betty Bousquet / Assisted by Betty Bousquet
T : +33 6 85 95 57 61
rscom@noos.fr

Presse internationale / International press :
Alibi Communications
Brigitta Portier
T : +32 477 98 25 84
Cél : +628968165 (pendant Cannes / during Cannes)
brigittaportier@alibicommunications.be

Press release

“Une nouvelle et éclatante réussite” /// Arte

“D’une intelligence rare” /// Le Monde

“Fatima offers a gentle, affecting celebration of the fortitude and intelligence” /// The Hollywood Reporter

“Un regard juste sur l’intégration des étrangers en France” /// Libération

“Hommage à ces femmes qu’on n’entend guère” /// Mediapart

“Deux héroïnes armées d’un balai” /// Le Monde

Philippe Faucon sur France Culture // France Culture

Soria Zeroual sur France 3 /// France 3

“A highly moving portrait of this mother” /// Cineuropa

“Un film intimiste et d’une infinie douceur” /// Les Echos

“L’hymne à une héroïne invisible” /// Culturebox

“Fatima célèbre l’opiniâtreté et la capacité de chacune à s’élever en dépit de l’adversité” /// Accreds

“Récit d’apprentissage” /// Trois Couleurs