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Merzak Allouache / Algeria - France / 2011 / 111 ' / Arabic - French / S.T. English


Nadia Ben Rachid & Lucile Sautarel
Merzak Allouache
Hocine Hadjali
Philippe Akoka
Yahia Bouchaala
Véronique Zerdoun & Yacine Djadi

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Best Film - Doha Tribeca Film Festival - 2011

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The movie that started with the idea of highlighting cultural corruption transformed into a dressing down of tyranny and censorship.


After the riots of December and the first peaceful marches, while "the Arab Spring" begins in Tunisia and Egypt, Fouzi wants his actors together to show them the incomplete editing of the film he made, two years ago, on the disillusionment of a youth seeking to express his artistic ideas. He seeks an alternative view, especially an ending. He relies on the reactions of his actors to invent a new conclusion to his story, in a country suddenly lifted by a wave of protests. A new vision of today's Algerian youth, in the middle of a new political and artistic questioning.

Filmmaker, witness of contemporary Algeria, screenwriter, novelist, Merzak Allouache was born in 1944. He is from Alger.

In 1964, he started his studies in movie directing at l’Institut National de Cinéma of Algeria that he completed in France at the I.D.H.E.C. He graduated in 1967.

He has several movies to his credit. Discovered by Omar Gatlato, he had succeeded with Bab El Oued City and Chouchou: Harragas. His last feature length film was presented at Vues d’Afrique International Film Festival in 2010.


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