Raising a family is difficult under the best circumstances, but it’s especially difficult when you’re living in a foreign country without knowing the language and must learn to assimilate quickly. Philippe Faucon’s “Fatima” captures that plight wonderfully as it follows Fatima (played by first-timer Soria Zeroual) who emigrated from Morocco to Lyon, France with her husband. Though Fatima and the husband divorced, she soon takes up a cleaning job to support her two daughters — 18-year-old medical student Nesrine (Zita Hanrot) and rebellious 15-year-old Souad (Kenza-Noah Aiche). A loose adaptation of “Prayer to the Moon,” a short collection of writing by North African writer Fatima Elayoubi, this poignant film captures the hardships of fish-out-of-water life and dealing with the generation gap between parents and their children. Watch an exclusive trailer below and check out the film’s poster as well.
“Fatima” premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival in the Director’s Fortnight section. Earlier this year, it won three César Awards for Best Film, Most Promising Actress for Hanrot, and Best Adaptation. It opens in New York on August 26th at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and in Los Angeles on September 16th at the Laemmle Royal. A national release will follow.
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