Director
Merzak Allouache

Filmography
(selected)
1974 Tipasa la romaine (doc)
1976 Omar Gatlato
1986 Un amour à Paris
1995 Salut cousin
2003 Chouchou
2009 Harragas
2012 El Taaib/The Repentant
2013 Es-Touh/The Rooftops
2015 Madame Courage

Biography
He was born in Algeria. He studied Filmmaking in Algiers at the Institut National du Cinéma and subsequently at the IDHEC in Paris. In 1976, he directed his first feature, Omar Gatlato. He lived in France from 1983 to 1988, and then returned to Algeria to direct Bab El Oued City in 1993. Since then, he has directed films in both France and Algeria. Normal! (2011) won the prize for Best Arab Narrative Feature at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. The Repentant (2012) screened at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, The Rooftops (2013) was screened in the official selection in Venice International Film Festival.

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Madame Courage / Merzak Allouache

Omar, an unstable and lonely teenager, lives in a slum in the suburbs of Mostaganem. He is addicted to a famous psychotropic, nicknamed “Madame Courage”: Artane tablets, very popular among young Algerians, for their euphoric effect of invincibility. Omar is a specialist in snatching. This morning, he goes downtown to commit his usual crimes. His first prey is a young girl called Selma, walking with her friends, prominently wearing a gold necklace. As he commits his larceny, their eyes meet.


Director:Merzak Allouache
Script:Merzak Allouache
Cinematography:Olivier Guerbois
Editing:Τuong Vi Nguyen Long, Yann Dedet
Sound:Amine Teggar
With:Adlane Djemil (Omar), Lamia Bezouaoui (Selma), Leïla Tilmatine (Sabrina)
World Sales:Neon Productions, France T. +33 1 4621 4640 F. +33 9 5630 2226 prod@neon.fr www.neon.fr
Producer:Merzak Allouache, Antonin Dedet
Production:Baya Films (Algeria), Neon Productions (France)
Production Country:Algeria-France
Format:DCP Color
Duration:90'
Production Year:2015
Screening Schedule
JOHN CASSAVETES:Saturday, November 07, 2015 - 13:00 | ID:153
STAVROS TORNES:Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 15:30 | ID:664
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