The Last Queen - followed by a talk with director Damien Ounouri.
Fiction, directors: Damien Ounouri and Adila Bendimerad, Algeria, 2023, 110 min., Arab. with En. ST
Algeria, 1516. The pirate Aroudj Barbarossa (Dali Benssalah) frees Algiers from the tyranny of the Spanish and seizes power over the kingdom. Rumor has it he murdered King Salim Toumi (Mohamed Tahar Zaoui) despite their alliance. Against all odds, one woman will stand up to him: Queen Zaphira (Adila Bendimerad). Between history and legend, this woman’s journey tells of a struggle, of personal and political turmoil endured for the sake of Algiers. Damien Ounouri and Adila Bendimerad’s intimate and gorgeously shot costume drama premiered in the Giornate degli Autori section of the 2022 Venice Film Festival. Adila Bendimerad has subsequently won the Best Actress Award at the 2022 Red Sea International Film Festival.