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Film runs Thu, Mar 27 through Fri, Mar 28.

Thu, Mar 27

6:30pm

Fri, Mar 28

6:15pm

Sun, Mar 30

11:00am

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L’armée du salut | Abdellah Taïa, 2013
France/Morocco/Switzerland | Format: DCP | 81 minutes

U.S. Premiere

Director Abdellah Taïa in person for both screenings.

Like the book it’s based on—Abdellah Taïa’s own 2006 landmark novel—the Moroccan author’s directorial debut is a bracing, deeply personal account of a young gay man’s awakening that avoids both cliché and the trappings of autobiography. First seen as a 15-year-old, Abdellah (Saïd Mrini) habitually sneaks away from his family’s crowded Casablanca home to engage in sexual trysts with random men in abandoned buildings. A decade later, we find Abdellah (now played by Karim Ait M’hand) on scholarship in Geneva, involved with an older Swiss professor (Frédéric Landenberg). With a clear-eyed approach, devoid of sentimentality, this wholly surprising bildungsfilm explores what it means to be an outsider, and with the help of renowned cinematographer Agnès Godard, Taïa finds a film language all his own: at once rigorous and poetic, worthy of Bresson in its concreteness and lucidity.

Series: New Directors/New Films 2014

Venue: FSLC/MoMA

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