STORY OF JUDAS (Histoire de Judas)
Director Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche in person!
Thursday, November 3rd at 7:30pm
$10 Members | $15 Public – Includes Reception
After a long period of withdrawal, Jesus rejoins the members of his community, accompanied by his disciple and steward, Judas. His teaching astounds the crowds and attracts the attention of resistance groups, high priests and the Roman authorities. When he drives the merchants from the Temple, Judas shows himself to be the guardian of the words of the master.
French-Algerian director-actor Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche boldly renders the final days of Jesus of Nazareth from the perspective of Judas Iscariot in this utterly novel reenvisioning of the key biblical tale. The director himself stars as Judas, Jesus’s closest disciple, as the two men find themselves swept up in political tumult amid tensions between the Jews and the Romans over the escalating popularity of the man who claims to be the Son of God. Story of Judas is both strikingly stylized (with shimmering, physical cinematography by Irina Lubtchansky, daughter of the late, legendary DP William) and compelling in its engagement with the myth of Judas, interweaving recent revelations about the role he may or may not have played in the real-life Passion story. The result is a ravishing and genuinely new addition to the Jesus film canon. Winner of a Jury Prize in the Forum section at last year’s Berlinale. (France, 2015, 99 min., in French with English subtitles, DCP | Dir. Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche)
Born in 1966 in Algeria, Rabah arrived in France in 1968. He grew up in the Bosquets housing project in Montfermeil, Seine-St-Denis. After studying humanities, he founded the company, Sarrazink Productions, in 1999. Since then, he has produced and directed five films.