Empire has released this UK poster and trailer for Ismaël Ferroukhi’s (Le Grand Voyage) thriller ‘Free Men.’ The film is based on real events, about a Muslim Algerian immigrant living in Vichy, France during World War II, whose unexpected friendship with a Jewish singer inspires him to join the Resistance, and put his own life in danger to save hundreds of Jews in the process. ‘Free Men’ features César Award winner Tahar Rahim (for the Academy Award nominated film ‘A Prophet’) in the starring role. The film is released in cinemas May 25th. ‘Free Men’ also stars Michael Lonsdale, Mahmoud Shalaby, Lubna Azabal and Christopher Buchholz.

1942, in German-occupied Paris. Younes, a young unemployed Algerian, earns his living as a black marketeer. Arrested by the French police but given a chance to avoid jail, Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Mosque. The police suspects the Mosque authorities, among which its rector Ben Ghabrit (played by Michael Lonsdale), of aiding Muslim Resistance agents, as well as helping North African Jews by giving them false certificates. At the Mosque, Younes meets the Algerian singer Salim Halali, and is moved by Salim’s beautiful voice and strong personality. A deep friendship develops, and soon after Younes discovers that Salim is Jewish. In spite of the risks it entails, Younes stops collaborating with the police, and gradually develops from being a politically ignorant immigrant worker into a fully-fledged freedom fighter.