1999. France. Philippe Faucon. 70 min.
New York premiere
Wednesday, March 5, 2008, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1999. France. Written and directed by Philippe Faucon. With Karim Ben Sadia, Yamina Amri, Stéphane Ferrera. Faucon, the Moroccan-born director of the recent success Le Trahison (2005), is among the most interesting of France's recent generation of filmmakers. In Les Étrangers, Selim, a young French soldier of Algerian origin, volunteers to join the U.N. peacekeeping forces in Bihac, Bosnia-Herzogovina, after his traditional family discovers that he is gay. Stationed in close proximity to a mountainous battlefield where Serbs and Croats exchange gunfire, Selim is thrown in among other young soldiers in very cramped quarters, where together they share conflicted feelings of fear, boredom, intolerance, and, in rare moments, a glimmering sense of comradeship. In French, Arabic, Bosniak language, Serbo-Croatian; English subtitles. 70 min.