International Diaspora Film Festival

Film Screenings - 2009

Sunday 8 November, 6:00 PM


Irene von Alberti
Germany/Morocco, 2008, 95 min.
In Arabic and German with English subtitles
North American Premiere

Featuring: Sabrina Ouazani, Nora von Waldst├Ątten, Naima Bouzid, Alexander Scheer

Set in Tangiers, Tangerine tells the story of one woman's struggle to change her fate.

Amira, an aspiring young dancer, is cast out of her uncle's home in Tangiers when she refuses to either get married or become a housemaid. She finds refuge in the apartment of some girlfriends who earn their living as prostitutes. Pia and Tom, a young German couple, have come to Morocco seeking musical inspiration. When they meet her in a nightclub, Amira's sensual dancing inspires the thought of a potential love triangle that might help stimulate Pia's stagnant relationship with Tom. Amira, with ulterior motives, embraces the idea of an affair with Tom, hoping this might provide an opportunity to change her fate.

Its strong and engaging female characters provide a vehicle through which Tangerine is able to explore subtle incongruities between eastern and western cultures.

Director's Biography:
Irene von Alberti

Irene von Alberti was born in Stuttgart in 1963. She studied Media Technology at the Munich University of Television and Film while working as a freelance camera assistant and directing various music videos. Since her graduation in 1992, she has been producing her own feature film projects with her newly founded production company Filmgalerie 451. Her films include Call at Coraz├│n (1995), Petenera (1998), Berlin Stories (2005), Maroc en Vogue (2006), and Tangerine (2008).

Venue: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.,
Toronto M5S 1J5 (off St. George St., one block south of Bloor, Subway St. George)
$10 / $8 students and seniors