Shot in starkly beautiful black and white, DIVINE WIND follows a young man, Amine (Mohamed Oughlis), and an enigmatic woman, Nour (Sarah Layssac), who are called upon by extremists to perform an armed action against an oil refinery in the Algerian Sahara. Although they have no prior connection, the duo become inexorably and intensely linked. As their bond deepens, their mission is put at risk. The latest from veteran Algerian director Merzak Allouache (EL TAAIB, HARRAGAS, MADAME COURAGE), who first bowed at Cannes in 1976 with his comedic neorealist feature debut OMAR GATLATO, DIVINE WIND continues his exploration of the complex social fabric of Algeria and the ongoing ties — and frequently the tensions — the North African nation has with its former colonist occupier, France. Official Selection, 2018 Toronto, Marrakech, El Gouna and Geneva film festivals. (Note adapted from Toronto International Film Festival.) DIR/SCR/PROD Merzak Allouache; PROD Bahia Allouache. Algeria/France/Qatar/Lebanon, 2018, b&w, 96 min. In Arabic with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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