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Bab El-Oued City

A Feature film by Merzak Allouache

Produced by Matins films (les)

Release in France : 16/11/1994

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Matins films (les)

Foreign production companies :

Thelma Film AG, Flash-back audiovisuel, ZDF - Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen

French distribution :

MKL Distribution

Co-production :

Arte France Cinéma

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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...

Full credits (9)

Executive Producer :

Jean-Pierre Gallèpe

Director of Photography :

Jean-Jacques Mréjen

Production Manager :

Tahar Harhoura

Editor :

Marie-Blanche Colonna

Still Photographer :

Alain Rousseau

Screenwriter :

Merzak Allouache

Sound Recordist :

Philippe Senechal

Press Attaché (film) :

François Hassan Guerrar

Music Composer :

Rachid Bahri

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Feature film

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Algeria, Germany, Switzerland, France

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Majority French (Algeria, Germany, Switzerland, France)

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1 h 33 min

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