Type: Event
Location: LV Prasad Preview Theatre
City: Hyderabad
Date: Fri, 2013/10/18 – 6:30pm
Category: Film screening
Duration: 130 min

Alliance Française of Hyderabad

is pleased to present


A recent French film in 35 mm

On Friday, 18th October, 6.30pm

at LV Prasad Preview Theatre

Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad

Free entry – Open to All

“Blame it on Voltaire”

by 2013 Cannes Winner Abdellatif Kechiche


Released in the year 2000, written and directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, narrates the experiences of a young North African illegal immigrant in Paris dealing with authorities suspicious about his papers, poverty, unemployment, racism, and tempestuous relationships. He struggles to survive in a land that often pays mere lip service to Voltaire’s ideals. The acting is great, the gritty social realism compelling but mercifully peppered with humour and vibrant energy; on the whole all too credible.

27-year-old Tunisian Jallel (Sami Bouajila) is in a police station in the centre of Paris, where he has arrived as a clandestine immigrant. Using a false passport, he begins his adventure as a vagabond. He has no illusions and not so many hopes either. He tries to survive by selling fruits in the underground tunnel of the Metro and he could solve his problem by marrying Nassera (Aure Atika), a single mother, but the deal falls through at the last moment… Struck down by depression, he ends up in an emergency ward for mental illness. Then, just as his ordeals appear to be giving him some respite, offering him at last some true peace and friendship, destiny brings Jallel up against the hard reality of what he has been able to escape so far: The Law.

Abdellatif Kechiche was awarded the ‘Palme d’Or’ at the Festival of Cannes forLa Vie d’Adèle in 2013 and ‘Luigi De Laurentiis Award’ for First Film at the Venice International Film Festival in 2000.

Year : 2000

Duration : 130 minutes


French with English subtitles