French-born Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb‘s new film “Road to Istanbul” (La route des lacs) is premiering at this year’s Berlinale in the Panorama section. This is a film that looks particularly interesting to me as it deals with a mother and her only daughter – a 20-year-old who has left Belgium to join ISIS.
Bouchareb’s artfully crafted films “Dust of Life,” “Days of Glory,” and “Outside the Law” were nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, making Algeria the African country with the most nominations in the category and solidifying the director as the most important figure in North African cinema today.
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The official synopsis for “Road to Istanbul” reads as follows:
When the police inform her that Elodie, her only daughter, 20, has left to join the Islamic State somewhere between Syria and Iraq, Elisabeth’s life is thrown into turmoil. She is in shock and cannot understand this decision because the war does not concern them. Elisabeth manages to contact Elodie but finds herself at a loss faced with this young woman whom she no longer recognizes. Alone in her struggle, she decides to set off for Syria to look for her daughter and to convince her to return to Belgium with her. Will mother and daughter be able to reunite and understand each other?
February 15 at 9:30 PM – Berliner Festspiele
February 16 at 10:00 AM – CinemaxX 7
February 17 at 2:30 PM – Cubix 9
February 19 at 8:00 PM – International
February 21 at 2:30 PM – Zoo Palast 2