Presented in midnight screening at the last Cannes Film Festival, the film on jihadism in Syria, Rebel, unveils a poignant trailer.
Belgian directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, known for making Bad Boys for Life,radically change register for their future film and it is an understatement to say. After directing two episodes of the Miss Marvel series and before making the next Batgirl, the duo tackles a harrowing feature film about jihadism: < strong>Rebel.
As improbable as it may seem, it is indeed between two superheroic shoots that the filmmakers will explore the tormented territories of Syriaas well as the heartbreak of two brothers, prey to the turpitudes of war. The story focuses on Kamal who leaves to help Syrian civilians while filming their reality. Unfortunately, he was taken prisoner by armed groups in Raqqa. His younger brother, Nassim, is then tempted to join him. The first trailer just dropped.
A surprising trailer that contrasts radically with the latest projects of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. The first images, quite impressive, promise us a powerful war film. Between family drama, a real foray into wild belligerence and the portrait of a people in turmoil, Rebel can be an effective punch. The use of the onboard camera (Kamal's), giving an aspect close to reality and action, seems in particular a promising style effect.
The images shown to us focus more on Kamal and his journey to the end of hell, more than on the fate of his brother. It remains to be seen whether this point is more elaborated in the film. However, the reconstitution of a jihadist industry mixing its methods of recruitment and its brute force (if this is indeed the center of the feature film) could be a film subject that is both risky, but captivating. Rebel is scheduled to be released in French theaters on August 31st.