Atiq Rahimi (born 26 February 1962 in Kabul) is a French-Afghan writer and filmmaker. His first feature, Earth and Ashes, co-authored with Iranian filmmaker Kambuzia Partovi, was presented in the «Un Certain Regard» section at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival where it was awarded the Prix du Regard vers l’Avenir. Syngué Sabour: The patience stone, his first novel written directly in French, won the Prix Goncourt on November 10, 2008. In 2011, he adapted it into a screenplay with French author and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière. The movie, which he also directed, world-premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to enjoy widespread public acclaim when it was released on February 20, 2013. Notably, it showcased actress Golshifteh Farahani who received a César nomination for her performance. Our Lady of the Nile is Rahimi’s third feature film an was, like his first feature, released by trigon-film.
“Where do our tears come from? Some say they are the sap of our suffering and our broken hearts. Others say our tears are the waters of innocence, to cleanse the land of a Thousand and One Hills.”Rwanda, 1973: high up in the mountains, at the source of the Nile, a black statue of the Virgin Mary watches over a Catholic boarding school for girls. Here, during days filled with classes, mass and practical work, the daughters of politicians, officers and businessmen are educated to one day become productive members of the country’s elite. More