“A Few Days of Respite” by Amor Hakkar

few days of respite
Thursday, September 27, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor (b/w Broad & Broadway), Lower Manhattan
Admission: Tickets: $5 General | Free for Alwan Members

Co-presented with CINEMAROSA

Doors open 6:30

“A Few Days of Respite” (Amor Hakkar, Algeria, 2010, 80 min)

Inspired by an article in the French press, Algerian-born writer/director Amor Hakkar (who also plays Mohsen) explores the relationship of two men as it develops amid a repressive regime. After escaping Iran, where their relationship means a death sentence, Hassan and Mohsen make it all the way to France. While stopped over in a small town to await their train to Paris, Mohsen befriends the lonely, but warm, Yolande, who offers him employment, kindness, and the possibility of a peaceful life. Amor Hakkar directs and stars as the aging man torn between a security he has never known and his passionate connection to his younger lover. A minimalist film that nevertheless feels visually and emotionally full, without forced sentimentality or manufactured drama, A Few Days of Respite questions the nature of love and happiness and the sacrifices we may make to achieve either. In this film directed and written with precision and economy, Hakkar allows us to know these characters in a single line of dialogue, and feel their conflict within the power of a glance.


About the Filmmaker

Amor Hakkar was born in Algeria in 1958. At the age of 6 months he immigrated to France with his parents to live there. Fond of cinema and writing, he made his first movies (short and long features) in his adoptive country. When his father died en 1998, the filmmaker went back to Algeria to bury him and discovered the Aures area where he shot a documentary in 2002, and then in 2006 the fiction “The yellow house” in Berber.


About our Co-Presenter

CINEMAROSA is a monthly, independent, film program created in 2004 by artist, Hector Canonge. CINEMAROSA’s mission is to promote, and present Queer independent films and videos by local, national, and international filmmakers. The monthly program encourages discussion forums among guests and participant filmmakers in order to create a cultural cinematic hub around LGBT issues and concerns. CINEMAROSA has been recognized as the leading independent LGBT film program in NYC featuring works that best reflect the diverse experiences and lives of LGBT peoples around the world. CINEMAROSA co-produces events such as Queerin’ Queens, Rosalicious, and Gayleria, and most recently launched the project E V A (School for Alternative Filmmaking) in Corona, Queens, and the monthly literary reading inQbator at Word Up: Community Bookstore in Washington Heights, Manhattan.

3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.

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