Official screening

  • saturday, 3 september 2022
Sala Darsena
Pour La France
by Rachid Hami
with Karim Leklou, Shaïn Boumedine, Lubna Azabal, Samir Guesmi, Laurent Lafitte, Vivian Sung

(2022, France, Taiwan, 113')

The script – written by Hami and Ollivier Pourriol – is based on a tragic incident that left a mark on the director’s life in 2012. Twenty-three-year-old Aïssa Saïdi is a young police officer who ends up killed during a hazing ritual at the prestigious military academy of Saint-Cyr, France. The army refuse to take responsibility for the incident and the victim’s family breaks down following that. Aïssa’s older brother and black sheep in the family, Ismael, arranges the funeral and keeps his relatives together as they fight for justice.

Rachid Hami

(Algiers, 1985) is an Algerian filmmaker. Known for his 2008 feature film Choisir d’aimer and for La Mélodie (Out of Competition at the 2017 VFF), he also has acting credits in Games of Love and Chance (2003) by Abdellatif Kechiche and in Restless (2009) by Laurent Perreau.