Adhen (Dernier maquis)
Rabah Ameur-Za´meche
France / Algeria, 2008
35mm | 93min. | Colour | VOSE/VOSI

Production: Sarrazink Productions
Distribution: Umedia (clement@umedia.fr )

Screenplay: Rabah Ameur-Za´meche, Louise Thermes
Photography: Irina Lubtchansky
Editor: Nicolas Bancilhon
Actors: Salim Ameur-Zaimeche, Abel Jafri, Sylvain Rousme, Christian Milia-Darmezin, Larbi Zekkour
In a rundown industrial park, Mao, a Muslim boss, owns a company that repairs trucks and pallets. He decides to open a mosque and designates the imam without consulting the workforce. Already unhappy with their working conditions and salaries, his employees rebel, reminding him of their time-honoured right to select their own religious leader. The film'sstark realism stays close to documentary, but beneath the apparent simplicity there is strong graphic symbolism. There is no moral here, perhaps just a reminder that the class struggle never really went away.
Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche (Béni-Zid, Algeria, 1966) came to France in 1968. After studying social sciences, he founded Sarrazink Productions in 1999 and directed Wesh wesh, qu'est-ce qui se passe? (2002), which won the Louis Delluc prize and the Grand Prize at the Berlin New Cinema Forum. In 2006, he made Bled Number One, for which he won the Cannes Film Festival Youth Prize. Adhen is his third feature film.
Cannes Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, 2008
Toronto International Film Festival, 2008
Vancouver International Film Festival, 2008
Montréal Festival Nouveau Cinema, 2008