The Last Queen
Adila Bendimerad & Damien Ounouri, 110 minutes, Historical Drama, Arabic, Berber, Corsican, Serbo-Croatian, Finnish and Sabir, with English subtitles, Algeria, Taiwan, France, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, 2022.
Algeria, 1516. The pirate Aruj Barbarossa frees Algiers from the tyranny of the Spanish and seeks power over the kingdom. Rumors said he murdered King Salim Toumi, despite their alliance. Against all odds, one woman will stand up to him: Queen Zaphira. Between history and legend, we accompany this heroine on her journey as she endures a personal and political turmoil for the sake of Algiers.
The film won several international awards, including Best First-Time Scriptwriter at the Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film in 2023 and Best Actress at the 2022 Red Sea International Film Festival. It was also nominated for the Fedora Award for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival of the same year.