The Other Half
Filmfest 2008

Hamid, a 40-year-old Algerian who lives in Brussels, believes he is being tailed by the police. He works as a courier for an illegal network which may well be financing terrorist acts. When he receives a phone call from his long-lost brother Louis, whom he hasn't seen since he was 5, he suspects the police may be behind the call. Nevertheless, he travels to Switzerland to meet Louis in the hope of seeing his mother. She, however, is no longer alive. When Hamid finds this out, he wants to return to Brussels, but the two brothers run into a police checkpoint, Hamid is arrested and interrogated. Even though Louis posts his bail the next day, Hamid doesn't trust his brother anymore, but believes he's in league with the police. Nonetheless he's at his brother's mercy, since he's not allowed to leave Switzerland as a suspect. The conflict between the two dissimilar brothers, who grew up in different worlds, escalates when Louis' girlfriend Isa starts falling for Hamid. A thriller as parable for today's clash of civilizations in multicultural Europe.

tags: Feature film

Cast: Abel Jafri, Kader Boukhanef, Nade Dieu, Roberto Bestazzoni


Director: Rolando Colla