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MONSIEUR LAZHAR – Philippe Falardeau 2011

ART CINEMA AWARD – HAMBURG FILMFEST from SEPTEMBER 29 to OCTOBER 8 2011

Synopsis: Bachir Lazhar, an Algerian immigrant in Canada, is hired to replace an elementary school teacher who died tragically. While the class goes through a long healing process, nobody in the school is aware of Bachir’s painful former life; nor that he’s at risk of being deported at any moment. Adapted from Evelyne de la Cheneliere’s play, Monsieur Lazhar depicts the encounter between two distant worlds and the power of self-expression.

The verdict of the Jury

“A real teacher who does the wrong thing, and a false teacher who does the right thing. Children stronger than adults; adults helpless and disorientated. Through a human eye the film portrays the dealing with the feeling of loss in a deep and delicate way. The successful stand-up comedian Fellag convinces as Bashir Lazhar”.


The Jury

  • Nikos Grigoriadis (KIZ KinoRoyal in Graz / Austria)
  • Romy Gysin (Kult.kino in Basel / Switzerland)
  • Natalia Rivas (El Cinematografo in Lima / Peru)
  • Jörg Jacob (Provinz Programmkino in Kaiserslautern / Germany)

Infobox

Year of production: 2011
Cast: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron, Brigitte Poupart, Danielle Proulx, Jules Philip
Category: Fiction
Duration: 94 minutes
Country: Canada
Langugae: Français
Seller: Films Distribution, Tél. : + 33 1 53 10 33 99, info@filmsdistribution.com, www.filmsdistribution.com

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