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Madame Osmane's Harem

A Feature film by Nadir Moknèche

Produced by Bloody Mary Productions

Release in France : 12/07/2000

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Bloody Mary Productions

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Algiers, 1993. The beginning of the civil war. Portrait of Algiers’ women under the curfew. Since her husband left her, Madame Osmane’s tenants have had to endure her continual mood swings. Haunted by the fear of losing her respectability, this woman, who was an underground during Algeria’s war for independence, does everything she can to manipulate the lives of the people living under her roof rather than confront her own frustrations. Learning that her daughter has fallen in love, she is faced with the prospect of ending up alone. The idea drives this still-attractive woman to distraction : Madame Osmane’s symbolic " harem " - the citadel where she spends her time manipulating her little world – is about to implode.

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Executive Producer :

Didier Haudepin

Screenwriter :

Nadir Moknèche

Sound recordists :

Joaquim Pinto, Nicole Vidal

Press Attachés (film) :

Marie-Christine Damiens, André-Paul Ricci, Tony Arnoux

Production Designer :

Jacques Bufnoir

Assistant Director :

Éric Chabot

Director of photography :

Hélène Louvart

Production Manager :

Jean-Luc Roze

Editor :

Stéphanie Mahet

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Feature film

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English, French

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Morocco, Spain, France

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Majority French (Morocco, Spain, France)

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1 h 40 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (6)

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - 2002

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic, 2002)


Retrospective - Films from the Maghreb

Cairo - International Film Festival - 2000

Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 2000)


Out of Competition

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2000

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2000)


Panorama of World Cinema

Cannes Film Market - 2000

Cannes Film Market (France, 2000)




Cairo - International Film Festival - 2000

Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 2000)


Director : Nadir Moknèche