Irish Film Institute -IFI French Film Festival 2020: RED SOIL

IFI French Film Festival 2020: RED SOIL

Director: Farid Bentoumi

88 mins, France-Belgium, 2020, Digital, Subtitled

In this gripping thriller that pits the tireless underdog against forces of corporate greed, Nour (Zita Hanrot), an ER nurse, starts a new job in the infirmary at the chemical factory where her father works, and uncovers long hidden secrets and corruption, involving toxic waste that causes an infamous ‘red soil’. FrenchAlgerian director Farid Bentoumi’s second feature is a social thriller in the vein of Soderbergh’s Erin Brockovich. Honest and direct, with an autobiographical dimension, this father-daughter confrontation plays out the complex dilemma that faces Nour as a whistleblower, clashing with unions, politicians, industry leaders, and her own family.

Screening as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2020, November 11th-22nd. Full schedule here.

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