Film in the ‘Movies that Matter on Tour’ series, in cooperation with Amnesty International Wageningen.
Antigone is a great modern and provocative interpretation of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy about a woman who defies the law out of loyalty to her family. Thus she shows what constitutes justice in the face of existential anguish and choice.
After her parents were killed in Algeria when she was just 3 years old, Antigone found refuge in Montreal, together with her sister Ismène, her brothers Polynice and Étéocle and their grandmother. Now a teenager, Antigone witnesses Polynice fall into a life of crime. And when the police break up a street game of dice, Étéocle is shot dead when he protests his brother’s arrest. Polynice is taken into custody and faces deportation for assaulting an officer.
Antigone (beautifully played by newcomer Nahéma Ricci), thinks she can save Polynice with a bizarre plan to sacrifice herself. But the police will not play ball, and Antigone and her family find out that the wheels of justice turn differently for immigrants. Antigone won the award Best Canadian Feature Film on the Toronto Film Festival 2019.
Movies That Matter On Tour brings the festival’s favourites of Movies That Matter to the film theaters across the Netherlands, including us. Every month you can watch engaging films, which are also accompanied by an introduction or discussion as soon as the Corona crisis is history.