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The Other Shore

A Feature film by Dominique Cabrera

Produced by Bloody Mary Productions

Release in France : 21/05/1997

    Synopsis

    Georges Montero, the owner of an olive mill in Oran, is a "pied-noir" (Algerian-born Frenchman) who chose to remain in Algeria after its independence in 1962. More than 30 years later, Georges comes to France for the first time in his life for a cataract operation - just a civil war begins to take its bloody toll back home. Born in Franch colony, Montero is among those who always thought they could stand up to this young nation that rejected them. His surgeon, Tarek Timzert, ophthalmologist in a major Paris hospital, is a first-generation Franchman who has cut himself off from his Algerian roots. The contact between the "pied-noir" and the tradition-blind Arab forces Georges to make a decision between remaining in France or going home to Oran, at peace with himself but his own risk.

    Actors (8)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Bloody Mary Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    FTD International Cinéma

    Co-production :

    France 2 Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Polygram

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    International releases (6)

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    Subject

    I used the hand-held camera because I wanted to get closer to things and people, to be physically in their midst, to breath and move with the characters...The hand-held camera skipping among them was a sort of crystallization of the film's basic theme : the apprenticeship of uncertainty - Georges (the fiftyish "pied-noir") thinks he's living in a certain situation in Algeria, sure of what he wants and owns, but that's not the case. In the end, he's not even sure if he's going to go back to Algeria. The same goes for Tarek, the young surgeon of Arab origin. He thinks he's found a certain equilibrium and the fact of meeting Georges, the "pied-noir", an ageing franch-man born in Algeria who's "more Algerian than he is", throws him off balance. The hand-held camera mirrors the movements of someone seeking his way... (Dominique Cabrera)

    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Didier Haudepin

    Director of photography :

    Hélène Louvart

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Laurette Monconduit

    Production Designer :

    Michel Vandestien

    Costume designer :

    Nathalie Raoul

    Adapters/dialogue writers :

    Dominique Cabrera, Louis Mathieu de Vienne

    Sound recordists :

    Xavier Griette, Dominique Vieillard, Dominique Gaborieau

    Editor :

    Sophie Brunet

    Music Composer :

    Béatrice Thiriet

    Still Photographer :

    Dunnara Méas

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1996

    French release :

    21/05/1997

    Runtime :

    1 h 29 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    88.899

    Visa issue date :

    30/04/1997

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Director

    Festival Selections (3)

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)

    Selection

    Cinema of Tomorrow

    Directors' Fortnight - 1997

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1997)

    Selection

    Cinema in France