52nd edition

Fatima

Philippe Faucon

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.

Casting

  • Chawki Amari
  • Kenza-Noah Aiche
  • Soria Zeroual
  • Zita Hanrot

Team

Screenplay
Philippe Faucon

Image
Laurent Fenart

Sound
Thierry Morlaas-Lurbe

Editing
Sophie Mandonnet

Music
Robert-Marcel Lepage

Production

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