The French drama film Lola Pater presents a fascinating exploration of gender identity and family through the relationship of Zino and his estranged father.



Film Synopsis


After Zino’s mother passes away, he goes in search of his father Farid. However, what Zino doesn’t know is that his father underwent a gender transition 25 years ago and is now a woman named Lola. As the two meet again, Lola (played by Fanny Ardant) struggles to reconnect with her son and build a new family relationship.


About Lola Pater


Genre: Drama film
Directed by: Nadir Moknèche
Written by: Nadir Moknèche
Starring: Fanny Ardant (Farid Chekib, Lola Chekib), Tewfik Jallab (Zino Chekib), Nadia Kaci (Rachida), Lucie Debay (Paula), and Lubna Azabal (Malika, Zino’s mother)
Country: France
Year: 2017
Length: 95 minutes
Subtitles: English
Awards: Nominee at the Chicago International Film Festival 2017 & Locarno International Film Festival 2017

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Subtitles: en