Fatima lives alone with her two daughters: Souad, 15, a rebellious teenager, and Nesrine, 18, who is starting medical school. Fatima doesn't speak French well, a great frustration to her in her daily relations with her daughters. At the same time, her girls are her motivation and her pride as well as a source of worry to her. In order to give them the best possible future, Fatima works irregular hours as a house cleaner. One day, she falls down a flight of stairs. While she is off work, Fatima starts writing to her daughters in Arabic, telling them everything she hasn't been able to express in French.
- Louis-Delluc Prize (Best French Film)
- Best French Film of the Year - The French Union of Critics
- Best Script - Lumières Awards
- Best Film, Best Film Adaptation, Most Promising Actress (Zita Hanrot) - César Awards
- Soria Zeroual
- Zita Hanrot
- Kenza-Noah Aiche
- Chawki Amari
- Philippe Faucon
- Laurent Fenart
- Sophie Mandonnet
- Robert-Marcel Lepage
- BURNING BLUE
- PYRAMIDE INTERNATIONAL
Fatima offers a gentle, affecting celebration of the fortitude and intelligence.
A skilfully written detailed description of a female microcosm, of daily integration and its promise.
I want to put the directing utterly at the service of embodying the characters, and not standing in the way of whatever would let the actors bring them to life.
Philippe Faucon was born in Oujda, Morocco, in 1958. He holds a Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Aix-en-Provence (France), and began his work in film in the editing department (including THE NIGHT IS YOUNG by Leos Carax and TROIS PLACES POUR LE 26 by Jacques Demy). In 1984 he directed a short film, LA JEUNESSE, a title that can sum up the evolving filmmaker’s work. In his first feature film, L'AMOUR (1990), Philippe Faucon explored the daily life of suburban youths, describing both hardships and their initiation into love. This first attempt attracted a great deal of attention and won the Perspectives du Cinéma Award at Cannes. His feature film FATIMA premiered at Directors' Fortnight in Cannes IFF. It went on to win Best Film at the César Awards.