• Noces

    Directed by Stephan Streker
    Belgium/France/Luxembourg/Pakistan | 98 minutes | U.S. Premiere | World Cinema Now

  • Noces

    Directed by Stephan Streker
    Belgium/France/Luxembourg/Pakistan | 98 minutes | U.S. Premiere | World Cinema Now

  • Noces

    Directed by Stephan Streker
    Belgium/France/Luxembourg/Pakistan | 98 minutes | U.S. Premiere | World Cinema Now

A loving, close-knit Pakistani family living in Belgium is slowly torn apart when 18-year-old daughter Zahira (the mesmerizing Lina El Arabi) resists her parents’ decision to force her into an arranged marriage. Streker has fashioned a terrifically acted tale for our times.

film synopsis

A close-knit, loving Pakistani family living in Belgium is slowly torn apart when daughter (the mesmerizing Lina El Arabi) resists her traditionalist parents' decision to force her into an arranged marriage to a man back in their homeland. Eighteen-year-old Zahira-who, in the film's opening moments, is seen talking to a doctor about terminating her unplanned pregnancy-is not the conforming type: she's as much a Westernized teen as her best friend Aurore (Alice de Lencquesaing). But her father (Babak Karimi) and mother (Neena Kulkarn), though sympathetic, insist on adhering to conservative codes, a situation that can only lead to heartbreak... Director Stephan Streker maintains a steady hand while chronicling the family's downward spiral.

"This is El Arabi's movie all the way, and she nails the sense of a young woman coming into her own, struggling to balance a normal, potentially selfish desire to fulfill her dreams as a liberated European, with the pull of family and cultural responsibility." Jay Weissberg, Variety

film details

Director: Stephan Streker
Producers: Michaël Goldberg, Boris Van Gils
Screenwriter: Stephan Streker
Cinematographers: Grimm Vandekerckhove
Editor: Jérome Guiot, Mathilde Muyard
Cast: Lina El Arabi, Sébastien Houbani, Babak Karimi, Neena Kulkarni, Alice de Lencquesaing
Country: Belgium/France/Luxembourg/Pakistan
Language: French
Deaf Friendly: Yes
Year: 2016
Running Time: 98 minutes
Premiere Status: U.S. Premiere

guests in attendance

Stephan Streker – Director (January 8 & 9 only)

2017 PS Film Festival