Screening on Film
Free Admission
Directed by Alain Gomis.
With Samir Guesmi, Delphine Zingg, Djolof Mbengue.
France, 2007, 35mm, color, 90 min.
French with English subtitles.
Print source: Mille et une productions

Gomis regular Samir Guesmi stars as an eccentric outsider, a French-Algerian social worker inspired by a never fully explained identity crisis to abandon family and home to start a new life on the far edge of Paris. Living in a trailer home alongside circus performers, Gomis’ awkward everyman drifts in search of a new connection to French society while reconsidering his past, recalled through a series of fragmentary flashbacks. An edgy and formally bold companion piece to L’Afrance, Andalucia expands upon the earlier film’s portrait of Paris as a vibrant yet unstable postcolonial mosaic of displaced immigrant communities.

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