Algiers in the 1920s: Rabbi Sfar (Maurice Bénichou) has to cope with quite a few problems. His beautiful daughter Zlabya (Hafsia Herzi) has entered puberty and his parrot-killing cat (François Morel) has just started talking. So he’s not in need of an adventure that would completely change his life. But then a delivery box arrives from Russia containing a half-dead painter. The man has fled from the persecution of Jews in Russia. He is also obsessed with discovering a lost tribe and a mythical city in Africa. He takes the rabbi, his cat, a wise Arab sheik (Mohamed Fellag), and an eccentric Russian millionaire along. Original version with English subtitles.
Introduction by Birte Pietsch (student of modern German literature and cultural history, TU – Dresden)