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Hey Cousin !

Hey Cousin !

A Feature film by Merzak Allouache

Produced by JBA Production

Release in France : 20/11/1996

    Synopsis

    The country mouse, Alilo, arrives wide-eyed from Algiers to do a little business. The town mouse, his cousin Mok, French-born and Parisian to the core, is there to meet him. Alilo loses the address of the guy he is supposed to meet and they spend a frantic week trying to track down the suitcase which he absolutely has to take back to Algiers. During this enforced stay, Alilo's constant amazement reflects the stifling strictures of Algerian society, while Mok's endless survival tricks show up the extreme harshness of life in Paris. Alilo finds true love and misses his return flight, little knowing that Mok, his "pure French" cousin, has fallen foul of the law and been deported to Algeria.

    Actors (9)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Co-productions :

    Arte France Cinéma, Cléa Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Playtime (ex Films Distribution)

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    International releases (11)

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    Subject

    "Hey, Cousin !" is perhaps (probably) a film on the margins of French cinema... Nevertheless, I shot it in Paris, in the eighteenth district. Something magical was present around me during the duration of the shoot (because of the neighbourhood ? the actors ? the crew ?...), something that reminded me of the atmosphere of Algiers. This non-exoticism... Perhaps that's why, in Holland, a journalist asked me if I had overdone the local colour in my film... Perhaps he meant the colours of the multicultural Paris that I love..."
    (Merzak Allouache)

    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producer :

    Jacques Bidou

    Co-producers :

    Patrick Quinet, Jani Thiltges, Jacqueline Pierreux

    Sound Recordist :

    Philippe Senechal

    Editor :

    Denise de Casabianca

    Music Composer :

    Safy Boutella

    Still Photographer :

    Laurence Tremolet

    Screenwriter :

    Merzak Allouache

    Director of Photography :

    Pierre Aïm

    Press Attaché (film) :

    François Hassan Guerrar

    Production Designer :

    Olivier Raoux

    Costume designer :

    Anne Schotte

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Comedy

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Belgium, Algeria, Luxembourg

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Belgium, Algeria, Luxembourg)

    Production year :

    1996

    French release :

    20/11/1996

    Runtime :

    1 h 43 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    86.899

    Visa issue date :

    05/07/1996

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.66

    Audio format :

    Dolby A

    Posters (1)

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    Festival Selections (3)

    Cairo - International Film Festival - 1996

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1996)

    Selection

    Out of Competition

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)

    Selection

    Cinema of Tomorrow

    Directors' Fortnight - 1996

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1996)

    Selection

    Official Competition