I Still Hide to Smoke (À mon âge je me cache encore pour fumer)


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Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Focus: Hiding & Seeking
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:90 min.
Premiere Status:US
Producer:Michèle Ray-Gavras
Cinematographer:Olympia Mytilinaiou
Mohamed Tayeb-Laggoune
Cast:Hiam Abbass
Fadila Belkebla
Nadia Kaci
Nassima Benchicou
Sarah Layssac
Note Writer:Tim Grierson


FOCUS: HIDING & SEEKING In this tight, tense, and riveting drama, an Algerian women's hammam (bathhouse) proves to be both warm sanctuary and steamy political crucible for a group of culturally and religiously diverse women over the course of one momentous day. The central drama pivots on the fate of an unmarried pregnant teenager hiding out in the bathhouse—her destiny a microcosm of the violence and sexism imperiling the region. Award-winning actress Hiam Abbass (In Syria; The Lemon Tree, MVFF 2008; The Visitor; Munich) stars as Fatima, the hammam’s head masseuse who presides over candidly unveiled conversations with her patrons covering everything from religion to orgasms, terrorism to marriage. In adapting her own 2009 play, first-time feature filmmaker Rayhana Obermeyer offers an urgently contemporary and complex view of women living under patriarchal and theocratic law.

In association with the Women's Film Institute and the Arab Film Festival

Additional Information

Born in Bab El Oued, Rayhana left Algeria several years ago and now lives and works in France. After studying at the Algerian National Institute for Fine Arts, then at the Algerian National Institute for Dramatic and Choreographic Arts, Rayhana joined the Béjaïa national theater company, initially as an actor, then as a writer and director. She appeared in numerous films and television dramas before moving on to direct the plays she had written. She has received numerous awards at various Algerian festivals, including Best Actress (Batna Festival), Best Theater Piece (Béjaïa Festival), Best Actress (Annaba Festival), and Special Jury Prize (Carthage Festival, Tunisia). I Still Hide To Smoke is her first play written in French and her first feature film as director.