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The Imperialists Are Still Alive! (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama | 2010 (USA)
Juggling the sudden abduction of her childhood sweetheart as well as a blooming love affair, a French Manhattanite makes her way as an artist in an indifferent, sometimes hostile world.


Zeina Durra


Zeina Durra
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Élodie Bouchez ... Asya
José María de Tavira ... Javier
Patricia Pinto ... Extra
Karim Saleh ... Karim
Karolina Muller ... Tatiana
Marianna Kulukundis ... Athena
Rita Ackerman Rita Ackerman ... Libby
Pierluca Arancio ... Marco
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ahd ... Iraqi woman (as Ahd Kamel)
Sumy Ahn Sumy Ahn ... Sun-Tae (as Sumy Ahn Lee)
Victoria Aitken Victoria Aitken ... Lady in Bathroom
Ted Arcidi ... Don
Neville Aurelius Neville Aurelius ... Bartender
Sophie Auster ... Savina
Sebastian Beacon ... Eurotrash Boy


Asya is a conceptual artist living in Manhattan, active in ex-patriot Middle Eastern politics and fearful of arrest for pro-Palestinian sympathies. Israel is shelling Beirut, her brother is there seeking escape. She meets Javier, from Mexico. They go to nightclubs, embrace in hallways, and begin a relationship. One of Asya's friends, who is to be married, believes her fiancé has been kidnapped - a rendition. Others are careful what they say in public. Aysa's mother organizes pro-Arab activities. A cab driver tells Asya to drop Javier and be with him. She receives word from Beirut. Can a person pursue art and a relationship while the imperialists are still alive? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Saw this at Sundance...wish I didn't
28 January 2010 | by alanlightSee all my reviews

This is not a good movie.

The script and direction are terrible and its supposed use of New York locations was pretty much a waste. It looks like the whole thing was shot within a limited set of blocks in the East Village and rarely ventured elsewhere. They pretty much could have shot this entire film in a warehouse in Toronto, saved themselves a bunch of money and been no worse off for it.

The acting of the male roles was fair, but all the woman's roles were both written and acted terribly, leading me to believe that the director doesn't know how to direct or cast women.

I gave this movie one star at Sundance.

Summary: not good, skip it.

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2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imperialisci sa wsród nas! See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,832, 17 April 2011

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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