“Vent Divin” or “Divine Wind”, a new film written and directed by Algerian filmmaker, Merzak Allouache, has been selected for screening at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival, scheduled for September 6-16.
The feature film, which is the latest film in the prolific filmmaker’s long list of projects, was finalized less than a month ago, according to the filmmaker who starred in his film alongside Sarah Layssac, Messaouda Boukhira Mohamed Oughlis, Hacene Benzerari and Abdelatif Benahmed.
Running a full 93 minutes, the film, in black and white, delves into the troubled psychology of Amine, a reticent young man living in a small Saharan village where he spends most of his time meditating on the Koran and praying before meeting Nour, a fragile young woman.
Seventy-three year old Merzak Allouache has a lot of movies to his credit, having directed 18 films since 1976. Some of his outstanding works include “The Rooftops” (2013) and “Madame Courage” (2015).
Established in 1976 through a cultural association, the Toronto International Film Festival, a non-competitive event, is recognized as one of the most popular film events in the world in view of the attendance of the public and film professionals.