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BAB EL OUED CITY - MERZAK ALLOUACHE
bab el oued city
france/algeria
a film by  MERZAK ALLOUACHE film 93'
in Algerian with French sequences - subtitled in French/ in English / French version - 35mm / beta pal and ntsc / dvd (multizones-dvd9-ntsc) - photography: all rigths reserved
Bab-El-Oued is a working class district of Algiers, shortly after the bloody riots of 1988. Boualem is a young worker in the district bakery. He works hard at night and sleeps during the day. One morning, he committed a "foolish" act which is going to put all the district in a high state of excitement. A group of young extremists headed by Saïd, set up in the search of the author of this "provocative" act with
the intention of administrating him an exemplar punishment. Bab el-oued is the chronicle of a microcosmic district where contradictions, manipulations and exclusion melt in an electrical atmosphere of intolerance which is getting more and more intensive. Violence settles down and quickly developes when Yamina, Saïd's young sister is caught in meeting Boualem, she is in love with him in secret...
author-director MERZAK ALLOUACHE - producers JACQUES BIDOU, JEAN PIERRE GALLEPE, YACINE DJADI - productions LES MATINS FILMS, FLASH BACK AUDIOVISUEL, LA SEPT CINéMA, ZDF, THELMA FILM AG - NADIA KACI, MOHAMMED OURDACHE, NADIA SAMIR, MESSAOUD HATTOU - image JEAN JACQUES MREJEN - sound JEAN PIERRE LAFORCE - music RACHID BAHRI - year of production 1994 - RPCA 81 942
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"Official Selection - Un Certain Regard - Cannes" (France 1994)
"Tanit d'Argent & Utica Award Carthage Film Festival" (Tunisia 1994)
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