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100 % Arabica

A Feature film by Mahmoud Zemmouri

Produced by Fennec Productions

Release in France : 05/11/1997

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Fennec Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

Horizon Audiovisuel

Foreign production companies :

Les Films de la Toison d'Or, Incoprom S.A.

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In "100% Arabica", a run-down neighbourhood on the city limits of Paris, thus nicknamed because of a broken billboard, bored is what you're not! Some are on the make, others are on the dole, the D system mixed with the ancestral traditions of a cosmopolitan population, all go to make up the neighbourhood's daily round. All these goings on are not at all to the liking of the mayor, who's preparing his re-election and hoping for a little calm. It is with this in mind that he strikes a deal with Slimane and Majid, two small-time hoodlums converted for the occasion to pseudo imams. They promise him, with the aid of a little subvention, to keep order until the elections by recruiting the young layabouts. Only thing is, the idlers in question would rather go to the gig of Raporiental, the Raï group of Rachid and Cheb Krimo.


"I think the film has a positive message, without being heavy handed. It tries to show that kids are not all delinquents, once they're given the means to express themselves. Music remains one of the roads to salvation, amongst others." (Khaled- Interview by Hacène Chouchaoui, France-Soir)


Full credits (10)

Screenwriter :

Mahmoud Zemmouri

Sound Recordist :

Henri Morel

Editor :

Youcef Tobni

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French distributor :

Amel Lacombe

Directors of Photography :

Noël Very, Jean-Claude Vicquery

Press Attaché (film) :

François Hassan Guerrar

Production Designer :

Denis Acker

Costume designer :

Mahadevi Apavou

Location Manager :

Daniel Chabannes

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Feature film

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France, Belgium, Switzerland

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Majority French (France, Belgium, Switzerland)

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1 h 25 min

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Festival Selections

Venice International Film Festival  - 1997

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1997)


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