A Friday free foreign film at The Depot
Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Steamboat Springs Arts Council present a 2011 award-winning French drama directed by Ismael Ferroukhi, and an Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival and Toronto Int'l Film Festival.
"Both subtle and magnetic...Tahar Rahim [is] one of France's finest young actors...[FREE MEN] contributes a worthy and interesting chapter to the tradition of World War II dramas."
- A. O. Scott, The New York Times
"A testament to Rahim's screen presenceâ€¦ Free Men proves that the can't-take-your-eyes-off-him charisma the Franco-Algerian actor displayed in Jacques Audiard's A Prophet was no fluke."
- David Fear, Time Out New York
About the film
In German-occupied Paris, a young unemployed Algerian named Younes (played by break-out star, Tahar Rahim) earns his living as a black marketeer. Arrested by the French police but given a chance to avoid jail, Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Mosque. The police suspect the Mosque authorities, including its rector Ben Ghabrit, of aiding Muslim Resistance agents and helping North African Jews by giving them false certificates. At the Mosque, Younes meets the Algerian singer Salim Halali, and is moved by Salim's beautiful voice and strong personality. When Younes discovers that Salim is Jewish, he stops collaborating with the police and gradually transforms from a politically ignorant immigrant into a fully-fledged freedom fighter.
Watch the trailer
In French with English subtitles
Run time: 99 min.
The free screening includes an award-wining short, fresh popcorn & a cash bar.
Special thanks to KPA Productions.