NYU Black Renaissance Noire Spring 2015 - Page 139

Emergence of new talents BRN-SPRING-2015.indb 137 The first decade of the millennium also saw the blooming of an extremely promising talent in the person of Tarik Teguia, who, with the help of his brother, Yacine, created a production format totally different from the Hollywoodian dream that has long prevailed in Algerian cinema. After a highly promising first feature film, Rome plutôt que vous [Rome rather than you, 2006], a kind of road movie of Algerian migrants, it was Gabla [Inland, 2008], selected for competition at the last Mostra in Venice, that confirmed all the positive aspects attributed to this filmmaker who is both philosopher and artist. He is the first person ever, in Algeria, capable of exploring Algerian space in the manner of Wim Wenders. Acclaimed by European critics, Tarik Teguia failed to confirm with his latest film, Ibn Battouta (2014), his status as the great hope of Algerian cinema. However, the most striking success of the decade has been that of the actor and director, Lyès Salem who in 2008, produced what is no doubt the finest Algerian comedy since Omar Gatlato. A popular entertainment in appearance, Mascarades (2008) is in fact a profound reflection on the post-Islamist Algerian society, with which the youth of today can identify totally. Mascarades, an artistic and commercial success, is already four years old. Algerian cinema vitally needs the talent of Lyès Salem. In 2014, he completed a new and ambitious film, L’Oranais. The first decade of the ֖