Dir. Farid Bentoumi, 2020, France and Belgium. 86 min. Color, DCP
With Zita Hanrot, Sami Bouajila, Céline Sallette, Olivier Gourmet
In French with English subtitles
Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2020
After losing her job at a hospital emergency room, Nour Hamadi returns to her hometown, taking a position as a nurse at the chemical plant where her father Slimane has worked for 30 years. As she settles into her new job, Nour becomes aware of irregularities in the treatment of hazardous waste—and decides to act.
Co-produced by legendary Belgian filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Red Soil establishes filmmaker Farid Bentoumi as a worthy heir to the Dardennes’ brand of gripping, socially relevant films in which everyday people must confront dilemmas that speak to our era’s most pressing moral issues.
This film will also be presented online as part of FIAF’s Young Audience Program from October 1 to October 8. View details.
About Farid Bentoumi
Winner of the Talent Cannes Adami in 2003, Farid Bentoumi started his career in the theater before appearing in numerous short films and television series.