Stockfish Film Festival last year’s guest of honour, Rachid Bouchareb, is coming again to the festival. Now he’s coming with his film The Road to Istanbul which will be world premiered at the Berlinale two days before Stockfish Film Festival begins.
Rachid Bouchareb is a Frenchman of Algerian descent and many of his films deal with the immigrant experience and its historical roots. He has directed ten feature films and three of them have been nominated for the Academy Awards as the Best Foreign Language Film. All of those films were been nominated on behalf of Algeria and no other African director has been nominated more than once in this category. The nominated films were Dust of Life (Poussières de vie) in 1996, Days of Glory (Indigènes) in 2006 and finally Beyond the Law (Hors-la-loi) in 2010.
The Road to Istanbul
Elisabeth lives with her twenty-year-old daughter Elodie in an idyllic house in the Belgian countryside. But when the police inform her that her daughter has left the country to join the ranks of the Islamic State in Syria, she is understandably shocked. Soon she begins to investigate and finds out more and more about the double life her daughter had been living. Eventually she sets off by herself to Syria to bring her daughter home.
Actress Pauline Burlet played a ten year old Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose, but Marion Cotillard got an Oscar for portraying the adult Edith in the film. Burlet also had a role in The Past, Asghar Farhadi follow-up to his Oscar winner Seperation.