Programme

You Resemble me

Dina Amer

United States, France, Egypt, 2021 / 90 min / French and Arabic OV with English subt. / Drama

Cultural and intergenerational trauma erupt in this story about two sisters who live in the outskirts of Paris.

When they are separated, the eldest changes her identity and becomes someone new, leading to a choice that will shock the world.  -- in the name of belonging and resistance.

"This film was created to understand the roots of one woman's trauma - a journey through layers of disassociation, from the personal and familial to the religious and colonial: a kaleidoscope of splintered identities and fractured dreams. You Resemble Me is an invitation to look beyond our perception of the absolute truth, challenging us to lift the veils that prevent us from seeing ourselves in each other." – Director’s statement Dina Amer

Director Dina Amer takes on one of the darkest issues of our time and deconstructs it in an intimate story about family, love, sisterhood, and belonging.

Screenings
Thu 10/03 18:30 Ciné Utopia FR & AR OV with ENG.subt Public https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00004372?locationFilters=LFFCU&dateTime...
Fri 11/03 09:00 Ciné Utopia FR & AR OV with FR.subt Scolaire https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00004372?locationFilters=LFFCU&dateTime...

“It will, no doubt, stoke heated debate in France, but its message of reconciliation and understanding across racial and cultural lines is applicable just about anywhere. It has a scrappy, throat-grabbing energy and a sincerity that never feels hectoring. You Resemble Me shows how the promise of community and a sense of purpose is seriously seductive when you have nowhere else to go.” Phil De Semlyen, Time Out, 22/09/2021

“The worlds of contemporary geopolitics and narrative independent filmmaking collide in You Resemble Me, a movie that shape-shifts from a first act coming-of-age tale into something searing and provocative, and ripped straight from the headlines. Bold and scattered, it marks a formidable debut for Dina Amer. The result is about as daring as it sounds, and it’s bracing to see a first-time filmmaker be so formally experimental when dealing with such delicate material” Rory O’Connor, The Film Stage, 16/09/2021

“When Hasna’s story concludes, the audience is left wondering if this tragedy was all grimly preordained.  The film’s epilogue is a counterfactual gut-punch to this idea, showing us the real Mariam as she lays flowers on a Bataclan memorial and reflects on her choice to cut Hasna out of her life, along with her own uneasy sense of belonging in France. You Resemble Me is a challenging film that tests the limits of empathy, but one whose lessons are ignored at our own peril.” Joe Blessing, The Playlist, 09/09/2021

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Awards
  • Giornate degli Autori Award Nominee, Venice Film Festival, 2021 (Italy)
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Lorenza Grimaudo, Ilonna Grimaudo, Dina Amer
Screenplay 
Dina Amer, Omar Mullick
Cinematographer 
Omar Mullick
Montage 
Keiko Deguchi, Jake Roberts
Sound 
Nicolas Becker, Maria Carolina Santana Caraballo-Gramcko, Nassim El Mounabbih, Andres E. Marthe Gonzalez, Tom Paul, Bastien Planchenault, Peter Russell, Thomas Pottelberge
Set 
Astrid Tonnellier
Music 
Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans
Production 
The Othrs, VICE/RYOT
Coproduction 
Hameda’s Stories, D’Artagnan
Distribution 
The Match Factory
Biography

Dina Amer is an award-winning filmmaker and journalist. She helped produce the Oscar nominated and Emmy award-winning documentary The Square, which chronicles the Egyptian Revolution from the frontlines. Growing up between the United States and Egypt, her work has focused on sharing nuanced, human stories with a global audience. Previous to her film work, Dina worked as a journalist as an on-air correspondent for VICE, including The Black Market Series, where she uncovered the human trafficking of Syrian refugees and explored the underground economy of illegal Egypt-Gaza tunnels. Her written work has been published in The New York Times, CNN and the Huffington Post. You Resemble Me is her directorial debut.

Filmography
  • 2021 – Tu Me Ressembles
  • 2015 – The Truth According to Darren Wilson (short)
  • 2013 – The Square (documentary)
  • 2013 – Black Market: Dispatches (TV series) (documentary)