The Last Queen

  • Damien Ounouri
  • Adila Bendimerad
  • Fiction
  • 2022
  • Algérie, France, Allemagne
  • Adila Bendimerad
  • Dali Bensaleh
  • Tarik Bouerara
  • Amine Mentseur

It is the year 1516. Algiers is a small Arabian-Berber republic, suffocated by the Spaniards, who have had control of the harbour for six years. Algerian King Salim Toumi makes an alliance with the pirate Aroudj Barberousse (aka “Red Beard”) in order to free the city. After their victory, Salim is assassinated in his bathtub. Barberousse becomes the new ruler of Algiers, and is confronted with a rebellion. Both history and legend tell that Salim Toumi, the last King of Algiers, had a wife named Zaphira, and that Barberousse desired her. Barberousse is supposed to have said: “I will take his palace, and I will mount his horse and his wife.”

Screenplay
  • Adila Bendimerad
  • Damien Ounouri
Photography
  • Shadi Chaaban
Sound
  • Amine Teggar
  • Li Dan-Feng
Set design
  • Feriel Gasmi Issiakhem
Costumes
  • Jean-Marc Mireté
Editing
  • Matthieu Laclau
Production
  • Agat Films
  • Patrick Sobelman
Coproduction
  • Taj Intaj
  • Birth
  • Mec Film
Partners
  • Aide aux cinémas du Monde (CNC)
  • FDATIC / Ministère de la culture (Algérie)
  • Orange Studio
  • Doha Film Institute (Qatar) / DFI
  • Arab Fund for Arts and Culture / AFAC (Liban)
  • Institut français d'Algérie
  • les ateliers sauvages
  • Racha Promotion Immobilière (Algérie)
  • OGEBC
  • AARC
  • Wilaya d'Alger et Wilaya de Tlemcen
  • Ministère des Affaires religieuses
  • L'Atelier de la Cinéfondation du Festival de Cannes 2018
  • Bourse CNC d'aide au développement du festival Cinemed
  • lauréat du BCP Cash Award et Premiers Plans Angers Award
Distribution Jour 2 Fête
International seller Orange / The Party Film Sales
Video editor Jour 2 Fête
Awards Authors under 40 Award - Special Mention / Giornate degli Autori, 2022

Portrait Damien Ounouri © Bertrand Noel