TONIGHT: Free Foreign Film Screening
Masquerades, Alegeria, 2009
Palm Springs Art Museum
101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA
After working for much of his life as a gardener in his dusty Algerian village, Mounir dreams of improving his family’s fortune and gaining a measure of respect by marrying off his narcoleptic sister, Rym, to a “real gentleman.” However, Rym has other plans-she dreams of marrying Mounir’s best friend, Khliffa, who has secretly courted her for years. When Mounir lashes out at village gossip with a fib that he has promised Rym to a wealthy outsider, she comes out of her sleepy stupor to embrace the rumor and press her real betrothed into action. Beautifully brought to life by a memorable cast-including director Lyes Salem as the cocky but compassionate bumbler Mounir-this heartfelt comedy suggests that when dreams become reality, it’s time to wake up.
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