The Repentant

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Arab Film Festival

The Repentant

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 30 June 2013

2012 I Algeria I 87 minutes
Director: Merzak Allouache


Filmed in the stunning and vast highlands of Algeria, this fast-paced drama is set during the ‘black decade’ of the late 1990s. It follows Rashid, a jihadist who leaves the mountains to surrender his weapon on the promise of a government amnesty. But the law cannot erase his crimes, and for Rashid, it is the beginning of a one-way journey of violence, secrets and manipulation.

Rashid begins to rebuild his life with a job in a cafe, but after a mysterious contact with a divorced pharmacist named Lakhdar a set of events unfold that unearth dark secrets from the past. With an excellent cast and a script that twists and turns through the complex psychology of fundamentalism, this film will put you on the edge of your seat.


Born in 1944, Merzak Allouache studied film in his native Algeria and subsequently at IDHEC in Paris. Omar Gatlato, his 1976 debut, marked the birth of the new Algerian cinema. His other films include Bab el Web (2005), Salut Cousin! (1995), Harragas (2009) and Normal!, which won Best Film at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. Both Bab el Web and Harragas screened at the Arab Film Festival Australia.

Director’s Fortnight section at 2012 Cannes Film Festival
Best Narrative Film – Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2012
FIPRESCI Award for Best Asian Film at 17th International Film Festival of Kerala

Dates & Times:
5:00pm, Sunday 30 June 2013

Screens with:

Adult $20, Conc. $15*

Adult $80, Conc. $60* (Excludes Opening Night)

*Transaction fees may apply


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Ticket Prices

Adult $20
Concession $15
Marathon Package (Adult) $80
Marathon Package (Conc.) $60

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
Screen $1.65
School Bookings $4.00