The Repentant

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The Repentant
The Repentant (2012 film).jpg
Film poster
Directed by Merzak Allouache
Written by Merzak Allouache
Starring Ali Mahfiche
Xavier Thibault
Carole Verner
Julien Perez
Cinematography Mohamed Tayeb Laggoune
Editing by Sylvie Gadmer
Release dates
  • 18 May 2012 (2012-05-18) (Cannes)
Running time 87 minutes
Country Algeria
Language Arabic

The Repentant (Arabic: El Taaib‎) is a 2012 Algerian drama film directed by Merzak Allouache. It was screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[1][2] The film won the FIPRESCI Award for Best Asian Film at the 17th International Film Festival of Kerala.[3]


In the high flatlands of Algeria, Islamic terrorists continue to spread terror..Rashid, a young jihadist leaves the mountains to return to his village.In keeping with the law of "pardon and national harmony", he has to surrender to the police and give up his weapon. He thus receives amnesty and becomes a "repenti". But the law cannot erase his crimes, and for Rashid, it is the beginning of a one way journey of violence, secrets and manipulation



2012 17th International Film Festival of Kerala[4]

  • the FIPRESCI Award for Best Asian Film


  1. ^ Leffler, Rebecca. "Cannes 2012: Michel Gondry’s 'The We & The I' to Open Director's Fortnight". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  2. ^ "2012 Selection". Directors' Fortnight. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  3. ^ "Curtains down on IFFK, Sta. Nina bags Suvarna Chakoram". Malayala Manorama. 14 December 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  4. ^ "Suvarna Chakoram for Sta. Nina". The Hindu. Retrieved 2012-12-15. 

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