• David Oelhoffen on FEST

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      16. February 2015.
      French Director David Oelhoffen will be the guest of the FEST

      French Director David Oelhoffen will be the guest of the next FEST and his film Far from Men will be screened in the scope of the Horizons competition.

      Far from Men is Oelhoffen’s second film, which earned him a nomination for the Golden Lion in Venice, where he grabbed three awards - Youth Award for Best Film, Interfilm Award and SIGNIS Award.

      The year is 1954, the Algerian War is beginning, and village schoolteacher Daru (Viggo Mortensen, also appearing at the Festival in Jauja), who formerly served with the French army, is caught in the crossfire. Born in Algeria but Spanish by lineage, he's a man out of time and place, perceived as alien by ethnic Algerians and their French colonizers alike. When Daru is ordered to escort a dissident named Mohamed (Reda Kateb, of Zero Dark Thirty and A Prophet) to a regional police garrison, he's prompted to question where his loyalties truly lie. That inquiry becomes all the more pointed as rebels and soldiers begin to clash, forcing Daru and his captive to form a tenuous alliance as they flee through the treacherous, wintry Atlas Mountains.

      Music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.