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Pierre Et Djemila

Pierre Et Djemila

Pierre Et Djemila

1987 / 86min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: GéRARD BLAIN

CAST: JEAN-PIERRE ANDRé, NADJA RESKI

Set in a housing project in the northern French town of Roubaix, Blain’s Romeo and Juliet redux chronicles the star-crossed love affair between sensitive French teen Pierre (Jean-Pierre André) and Djemila (Nadja Reski), the daughter of Algerian immigrants. Separated by both cultural barriers and racially charged bitterness—Pierre’s father is an Algerian War veteran; Djemila’s older brother despises the repressive, colonialist French—the young lovers see each other in secret, until family intervention leads to tragedy. Co-written by Mohamed Bouchibi, a former member of the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN), Pierre et Djemila became a lightning rod for controversy when it premiered at the 1987 Festival de Cannes.

Screening as a part of our Gérard Blain series.