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by Philippe Faucon


Fatima is a single mother with two daughters, Souad, a rebellious fifteen-year-old, and Nesrine, an eighteen-year-old who has just started medical studies. Fatima has a poor command of French, which causes her much frustration in her daily interaction with her daughters, both of whom are her pride and joy, driving force, and also the reason for many worries. In order to provide them with the best possible future, Fatima works shifts as a cleaning lady. One day, she falls down a staircase. Unable to work, Fatima starts writing down in Arabic everything that it has been impossible for her to say until then in French to her daughters.

international title: Fatima
original title: Fatima
country: France
sales agent: Pyramide International
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Philippe Faucon
film run: 79'
release date: FR 7/10/2015, ES 3/06/2016
screenplay: Philippe Faucon
cast: Zita Hanrot, Mehdi Senoussi, Yolanda Mpele
cinematography by: Laurent Fenart
film editing: Sophie Mandonnet
costumes designer: Nezha Rahile
producer: Yasmina Nini-Faucon, Philippe Faucon
co-producer: Olivier Père
production: Istiqlal Films, ARTE France Cinéma, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma
backing: Pyramide Productions, Arte France, Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC), Fonds Images de la Diversité, Région Rhône-Alpes, Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Agence Nationale pour la Cohésion Sociale et l'Egalité des Chances (ACSE), Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles (SODEC) (CA), Téléfilm Canada (CA)
distributor: Pyramide Distribution, Surtsey Films


main awards/selection

Cannes Film Festival 2015Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
La Rochelle International Film Festival 2015 
Vienna International Film Festival 2015 

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