24.9. Thursday

20:30 Filmforum Museum Ludwig



R: Sofia Djama;

Frankreich/Belgien/Katar/Algerien 2017;

OF arab./frz. m. engl. UT; DCP; 107 min.

Algiers, 2008: a few years after the end of the civil war, Amal and Samir spend their 20th wedding anniversary in a restaurant; however they don’t feel like celebrating. The anniversary conjures up memories of the ‘Algerian Spring’ in 1988 and the ensuing dark years intrinsically linked to the couple’s hopes and hurts. Their son Fahim and his friends, on the other hand, represent the next generation in LES BIENHEUREUX. They long for freedom while carrying their parents’ traumas within themselves and are surrounded by a new omnipresent form of obscurantism. In her first feature-length film, director Sofia Djama portrays the daily lives of a diverse group of protagonists, confronting two generations with their joint past. By exposing the traumas within Algerian society, she initiates an intergenerational dialogue on the country’s future.
In cooperation with Institut français Köln