THE LAST QUEEN TRAILER
FOR ALGERIAN EPIC MOVIE
A few months ago I gave you a spotlight on all the upcoming French historical movies, and today I actually have a trailer for one of them: THE LAST QUEEN has just had a world premiere over at Venice Film Festival. Inspired by the legendary Princess Zaphira, wife of the last King of Algiers Salim Toumi, and his fight to defend her community from pirate Barbarossa, it stars Adila Bendimerad, who also wrote and directed the film with Damien Qunouri.
IT IS THE YEAR 1516
Algiers is a small Arabian-Berber republic, suffocated by the Spaniards, who have had control of the harbour for six years. King Salim Toumi makes an alliance with the pirate Barbarossa in order to free the city. After their victory, Salim is assassinated in his bathtub. Barbarossa becomes the new ruler of Algiers, and is confronted with a rebellion. Both history an legend tell that Salim Toumi, the last King of Algiers, had a wife named Zaphira, and that Barbarossa desired her. Barbarossa is supposed to have said: «I will take his palace, and I will mount his horse and his wife.»