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Berlin Premiere: "Rengaine" (Hold Back, OV eng. subtitles) by Rachid Djaïdani


InfoTickets: 7,50€; Reduced: Berlinpass, 5er & 10er Karte, Gildepass, Heavy User Card


Paris, today. Dorcy, a young black Christian, wants to marry Sabrina, a young North African. It what would be a simple matter if it weren't for the fact that Sabrina has 40 brothers and that this easygoing wedding has crystallized a taboo still rooted in the mentalities of the two communities: no marriages between Blacks and Arabs. Slimane, the elder brother, and guardian of traditions, will oppose this union in every way possible.

Regain tells the story of an impossible love, without telling merely a love story. Instead of focussing on hatred and racism between two distinct worlds, the film empathically highlights the individual in the context of its immediate social environment and explores the emotional states of its protagonists through extraordinary perspicacity. Rachid Djaïdanis Film opens the gaze for social plurality and blows fresh, optimistic air into a deadlocked subject.

"Masterly" (Les Inrocks)
"1h15min of pure energy" (Telerama)
"An Explosion of humour and energy" (Marianne)
"This film has blown away the paublic and the critique in Cannes" (Paris Match)

“Djaïdani develops a provocative analysis of behaviours towards racism and religion. In its rough stile that reminds us of John Cassavetes, Hold Back is new, refreshing cinema filled with numerous surprising and disarming moments” (Indiewire)

"Hold Back manages to pack an awful lot into its pleasingly economic running-time, its clipped assembly of short scenes (...) and on-the-fly atmosphere of whip-smart improvisation harking back to nouvelle vague and perhaps even Dogme traditions, but endowed with a genially swaggering 21st-century streetwise attitude that's entirely Djaïdani's own." (Indiewire)

The screening will be followed by an open discussion with lead actor Stéphane Soo Mongoas well as by small reception.

With financial support by Aktion Afrika by the German Federal Foreign Office and Yedd e.V.

Media Partners: Africiné, SEV-Magazin, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Club der Freunde von RFI, Berlin Poche, rendez-vous-cine.de, Exberliner, Radio multicult.fm, Art Labour Archives, Planète Métis, Contemporary &, Yedd e.V.

Rachid Djaïdani
Rachid Djaïdani is an actor, author, former Box-Champion, renown director and poet. Born in 1974 as the son of an Algerian father and a Sudanese mother in France, he grew up in a Banlieue in the Department Yvelines. He worked as mason and artisan, before later discovering his fascination for acting and taking on minor roles for film and television. His first novel, "Boumkoer", was published in 1999, "Mon Nerf" and "Visceral" followed shortly after. Having become a successful writer, Djaidani began to engage in Documentary Film. He shot a number of films which were screened and awarded on international Festivals. Over nine years, he worked on the realisation of his first feature film, Rengaine, which he entirely self-produced.

Stéphane Soo Mongo
Stéphane Soo Mongo began is film training with Francoise Covillault and completed acting school at the Conservatoire du 9ème Arrondissement in Paris with Anne Deneuil. He participated in numerous workshops and trainings, i.e. with Peter Brooks with whom he worked together on the adaptation of “The Magic Flute” in 2011. Between 1993 and 2013 Soo Mongo worked at a dozen of different theatres. He also gained a high reputation in film and television and worked with Cedric Klaptisch, Richard Bohringer, Hean Odoutan, Sarah Levy, Fabrice Ecoué and Rachid Djaidani.

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