A haunting look at the roots of radicalization, “You Resemble Me” opens Nov. 25 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.
Continuing is “A Novelist’s Film.”
“You Resemble Me” wrings harrowing drama out of its fact-based coming-of-age story. The film tells the true story of Hasna Ait Boulahcen, a woman who was falsely accused of being Europe’s first female suicide bomber. Cultural and intergenerational trauma erupt in this story about two sisters on the outskirts of Paris. After the siblings are torn apart, the eldest, Hasna, struggles to find her identity, leading to a choice that shocks the world. Director Dina Amer takes on one of the darkest issues of our time and deconstructs it in an intimate story about family, love, sisterhood and belonging.
“You Resemble Me” is showing at the Ross through Dec. 8.
“The Novelist’s Film” tells the story of novelist Junhee (Lee Hyeyoung, last seen in Hong’s “In Front of Your Face”), who has grown disenchanted with her own writing. On a trip to see an old friend, she runs into a film director who was set to adapt one of her novels before the project fell through. One chance encounter leads to another and soon she finds herself having lunch with Kilsoo (Kim Minhee), a well-known actress also questioning her role as an artist. It’s then that Junhee has an epiphany: She will make a film starring Kilsoo. It won’t be like other films. It will be the novelist’s film.