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Algeria, 1516. The pirate Aruj Barbarossa frees Algiers from the tyranny of the Spanish and seizes power over the kingdom. Rumor has it he murdered the King Salim Toumi, despite their alliance. Against all odds, one woman will stand up to him: Queen Zaphira. Between history and legend, this woman’s journey tells of a struggle, of personal and political turmoil endured for the sake of Algiers.

Director’s biography

Adila Bendimerad is an Algerian actress, scriptwriter, director and producer, based in Algiers. In 2011, the actress of The Repentant, The Rooftops, Normal by Merzak Allouache, and Still Burning by Georges Hachem, created the company TAJ INTAJ in Algiers to promote young Algerian talent. Her production of The Days Before, (2013) by Karim Moussaoui received worldwide acclaim, from Locarno Film Festival to her nomination for a César. In co-production with AGAT FILMS / Ex Nihilo - France, she produced The Last Queen, which she co-wrote and co-directed with Ounouri and in which she also takes on the lead role as Queen Zaphira.

Damien OUNOURI is an Algerian director based in Algiers. He studied cinema theory, developing its practical application as a self-taught skill. His documentary Fidai (2012), co-produced by the Chinese director Jia Zhang-Ke, had its premiere at the Toronto TIFF and was shown in cinemas throughout France. His medium-length film Kindil El Bahr (2016) had its premiere at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and was broadcast on ARTE. He also directs video-clips and commercials, teaches at cinematographic workshops, and is Associate Producer for TAJ INTAJ (Algeria). The Last Queen is his first full-length feature film.

Director: Adila Bendimerad, Damien Ounouri
Genre: Historical Drama
Year: 2022
Duration: 110 minutes
Rating: 16+
Country: Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, Algeria, Taiwan
Language: Arabic (Algerian), Berber, Corsican, Serbo-Croatian, Finnish, Sabir
Screenplay: Adila Bendimerad, Damien Ounouri
Cast: Adila Bendimerad, Dali Benssalah, Tahar Zaoui, Imen Noel, Nadia Tereszkiewicz
Cinematography: SHADI CHAABAN
Début Status: Jordanian Première

Screening Date & Time

August 17, 2023
8:00 pm
TAJ Cinema 5
August 19, 2023
10:00 pm
Royal Film Commission (RFC)
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