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In German-occupied Paris, a young unemployed Algerian named Younes (played by break-out star, Tahar Rahim) earns his living as a black marketeer.  Arrested by the French police but given a chance to avoid jail, Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Mosque.  The police suspect the Mosque authorities, including its rector Ben Ghabrit, of aiding Muslim Resistance agents and helping North African Jews by giving them false certificates.  At the Mosque, Younes meets the Algerian singer Salim Halali, and is moved by Salim’s beautiful voice and strong personality.  

When Younes discovers that Salim is Jewish, he stops collaborating with the police and gradually transforms from a politically ignorant immigrant into a fully-fledged freedom fighter.

Director:  Ismaël Ferroukhi (Le Grand Voyage (Director/Writer – DFS Nov 5, 2005)
Writers:  Alain-Michel Blanc (screenplay), Ismaël Ferroukhi (screenplay)
Runtime:  99 min
Distributor:  Film Movement
Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Country:  France
Language:  French w/English subtitles
Rating:  N/R

FESTIVALS:  France, Cannes Film Festival, Paris Cinéma, Festival du Film Francophone d’Angoulême; Canada, Toronto International Film Festival, Cinemania Film Festival; Netherlands. Amsterdam Film Week; Germany, Französische Filmtage Tübingen

OFFICIAL SELECTION: – Cannes Film Festival, Toronto Int’l Film Festival, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Haifa Int’l Film Festival

“Tahar Rahim has an undeniable screen presence that recalls a young Robert DeNiro. Lonsadale is, like always, a pleasure to watch.” – Jordan Mintzner, The Hollywood Reporter

“An eye-opener! An absorbing drama… that engages both the heart and the mind.” – Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

Official Website:  http://www.filmmovement.com/filmcatalog/index.asp?MerchandiseID=277

Press Kit:  desertfilmsociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Free%20Men%20-%20press%20kit.pdf

Trailer:  http://www.filmmovement.com/trailers/videoplayer.asp?CLIP=277

Posted in 2012 Screenings, Screening Archive