7:30pm screening introduced by Dan Sallitt, filmmaker and critic
Enjoy conversation, wine, and beer after both screenings
Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, 2015. 99 min. DCP.
With Nabil Djedouani, Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, Mohamed Aroussi.
In French with English subtitles.
Set in Roman ruins in the Algerian desert, this meditative, profoundly humane retelling of the Gospel clears Judas’s name and creates an indelible picture of Christ as a rebel, a prophet, but most of all a man and a friend. The miracle here is not resurrection but compassion, and the surprisingly gentle beauty of the arid landscape.
Playing the role of Judas, Ameur-Zaïmèche reaches a pinnacle in his career-long exploration of the complexities of religion and subversion while suggesting that the secret of his radical art may be in how very peacefully it unfolds.
“A film of a gripping beauty and mastery.”- Les Inrocks
Dan Sallitt is a filmmaker and critic living in New York. His films are Polly Perverse Strikes Again! (1986), Honeymoon (1996), All the Ships at Sea (2002), and The Unspeakable Act (2012). He was the film critic for the Los Angeles Reader, and his writings have appeared in the Chicago Reader, the Village Voice, Slate, MUBI, Wide Angle, Senses of Cinema, and other venues. He blogs at Thanks for the Use of the Hall.
Fall Season Sponsors: American Society of the French Legion of Honor,Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Engie, FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), Florence Gould Foundation, Hermés Foundation within the framework of the New Settings program, Howard Gilman Foundation, Institut français, JCDecaux, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Office de Tourisme de Boulogne-Billancourt, and Pommery.