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Filmmakers Adil & Bilall (BAD BOYS FOR LIFE) will direct REBEL, an immensely powerful and nuanced portrayal of a family torn apart over a little Muslim boy’s future in the tradition of Incendies and A PROPHET.
When Kamal resolves to change his life for the better, he leaves Belgium to help war victims in Syria. But, having arrived, he is forced to join a militia and is left stranded in Raqqa. Back home, his younger brother Nassim quickly becomes easy prey for radical recruiters, who promise to reunite him with his brother. Their mother, Leila, fights to protect the only thing she has left: her youngest son. The film paints a portrait of a time that both filmmakers experienced first-hand: a period that predates the Islamic State, when many Belgians with Moroccan roots set off for Syria. Some of them were enlisted in organisations upon arriving, and were radicalised, as was the case for some of the two directors' loved ones – it is precisely this experience that is translated through Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah's cameras. „We wanted to show just how romantic and heroic jihad can seem at first glance, and how religion is weaponised."

Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

Belgian-Moroccan Muslim filmmakers Adil and Bilall first gained attention in 2015 with their film Black, which premie- red at the Toronto Film Festival, where it won the Discovery section. Further film credits include Gangsta, which was selected in Palm Springs, where Adil & Bilall were shortlisted in "10 Directors to Watch". In 2020, they directed Bad Boys for Life, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, which grossed over $426 million at the worldwide box office.

Written by
Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Kevin Meul, Jan van Dyck
Edited by
Frédéric Thoraval
Robrecht Heyvaert
Sound by
Nicolas Tran Trong
Music by
Hannes De Maeyer
Lubna Azabal, Ala Riani, Tara Abboud, Issam Messaoudi, Kamal Moummad
Original title
English title
Belgium, Luxembourg, France
Running time
135 min
Action, Drama, Thriller
Age rating
Release date
13. 7. 2023
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Banská Štiavnica • Kino Akademikx
Bardejov • Bašta Kultúrno-komunitné centrumx
Betliar • Kino Úsvitx
Bratislava • Artkino za Zrkadlomx
Bratislava • Cinema City Auparkx
Bratislava • Cinema City Euroveax
Bratislava • Kino Film Europex
Bratislava • Kino Inakx
Bratislava • Kino Lúkyx
Bratislava • Kino Lumière v SNGx
Bratislava • Kino Mladosťx
Bratislava • Kino SĽUKx
Dolný Kubín • Oravská Knižnicax
Dolný Kubín • Oravská Knižnica Antona Habovštiakax
Dubnica nad Váhom • Kino Lastovičkax
Hlohovec • Kino Úsmevx
Kino Akademik • Banská Štiavnicax
Košice • Kasárne Kulturparkx
Košice • Kino Tabačkax
Košice • Kino Úsmevx
Kremnica • Kino Akropolax
Liptovský Mikuláš • Kino Nicolausx
Malacky • Kino Záhoranx
Martin • Kino Moskvax
Modra • Kino Mierx
Námestovo • Kino Kultúrax
Nitra • FK Tatra- Nitrianska synagógax
Nitra • Kinoklub Nitrax
Nitra • Mlyny Cinemasx
Nové Zámky • Kino Mierx
Piešťany • Kino Fontánax
Poprad • Kino Tatranx
Prešov • Kino Pocity na Stromoradíx
Prievidza • Filmový klub FK'93 pri Kassx
Prievidza • KaSS FK'93x
Púchov • KC Podivný barónx
Ružomberok • Kino Kultúrax
Senec • Kino Mierx
Sereď • Kino Novax
Spišská Nová Ves • Kino Mierx
Stupava • Kino Kultúrkax
Trenčín • Artkino Metrox
Trnava • Kino Hviezdax
Trnava • Kultúrne centrum Malý Berlínx
Žilina • Stanica Žilina-Záriečiex
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Media reception

Slash Film
8/10 "An emotional gut punch."
That Shelf
"Absolutely terrific film from Cannes 2022."
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