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Flowers of Evil

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North American Premiere

France | 99 MINUTES | French, Farsi |

FLOWERS OF EVIL

Drama
Paris-Tehran. Forced to leave Tehran after the controversial elections in 2009, 24-year-old Anahita desperately relies on her laptop and smartphone to stay connected to the friends shaping the revolutionary movement in her homeland. Captivated by Anahita's urgency and sense of purpose, Rachid—a young French-Algerian bellhop at her luxury Parisian hotel—tries to impress her with videos of his improvisational, parkour-style dance moves on YouTube. Secretly envious of his laissez-faire ways, Anahita dismisses Rachid's apolitical outlook on the world and draws him into her obsessive preoccupation with the citizen-journalist digital reports of government brutality and the rapidly unfolding events. While political struggle is abstract for Rachid, it is the only footing on which he can meet Anahita—and the two begin a passionate and rootless love affair grounded in small acts of protest.

Inspired by the innovative strategies Iranian students used to mobilize the green movement against government-imposed bans, David Dusa powerfully and viscerally binds a fictional romance with real footage collected from YouTube, Google Video, and Twitter, personalizing anonymous images of violence and testifying to the revolutionary potential of the Internet.

 



Co-hosted by
 
uniFrance  Embassy of France in the United States

 





CAST & CREDITS

Directed by David Dusa and David Dusa

DAVID DUSA was born in Budapest, grew up in Sweden and South Africa, and studied film in Göteborg. He has won awards for his short films in festivals worldwide, including Rotterdam, Berlinale Talent Campus, and Clermont-Ferrand. Dusa is currently preparing his second feature, Cacheux Malor.
Dialogues
Mike Sens
Producer
Emilie Blezat
Editor
Yannick Coutheron, Nicolas Houver
Director of Photography
Armin Franzen
Sound Mix
Emanuel Croset
Primary Cast
Rachid Youcef, Alice Belaïdi
Screenwriter
David Dusa, Raphaëlle Maes, Louise Molière
Director
David Dusa
Sound
Bruno Auzet

CONTACTS

Producer
Emilie Blézat
Sciapode
Paris, 75010
Phone: +33.1.53.19.66.45
eblezat@sciapode.net