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L'Avocat de la terreur

L'Avocat de la terreur

A Feature film by Barbet Schroeder

Produced by Yalla Films

Release in France : 06/06/2007

    Synopsis

    Communist, anti-colonialist, right-wing extremist? What convictions guide the moral mind of Jacques Vergès? Acclaimed director Barbet Schroeder takes us down some of history's darkest paths to elucidate this "mystery." As a young lawyer during the Algerian war, Vergès espoused the anti-colonialist cause and defended Djamila Bouhired, "la Pasionaria," who bore her country's hopes for freedom on her shoulders and was sentenced to death for planting bombs in cafes. He obtained her release, married her and had two children with her. Suddenly, at the height of an illustrious career, Vergès disappeared without trace for eight years. He re-emerged from his mysterious absence, taking on the defense of terrorists of all kinds, from Magdalena Kopp and Anis Naccache to Carlos the Jackal. He represented historical monsters such as Nazi lieutenant Klaus Barbie. From the lawyer's inflammatory and provocative cases to his controversial terrorist links, Barbet Schroeder follows the winding trail left by this "devil's advocate," as he forges his unique path in law and politics. Schroeder explores and questions the history of "blind terrorism" through his penetrating investigation of this compelling man and leads us towards shocking revelations that expose long-hidden links in history. 

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    Executive Producer :

    Yalla Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Wild Bunch

    Co-production :

    Wild Bunch

    French distribution :

    Les Films du Losange

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      "A RIVETING DRAMA. This fascinating story is fresh, epic and challenging to all preconceptions about the use of violence for political purposes."
     – Richard Corliss and Mary Corliss, Time
     
     "JAW-DROPPING. If pitched to a Hollywood studio, the story would have been dismissed as crazily implausible. It works brilliantly as a documentary, with a narrative all the more amazing for being true."
    – A.O. Scott, NY Times
     
     "SMART AND SOPHISTICATED. Perhaps the most fascinating film at the Cannes film Festival." – Kenneth Turan, LA Times   


      Communist, anti-colonialist, right-wing extremist? What convictions guide the moral mind of Jacques Vergès? Acclaimed director Barbet Schroeder takes us down some of history's darkest paths in Terror's Advocate, a deeply probing history of the world terrorist movement as told through the story of this enigmatic lawyer, who has defended many of the most infamous figures of the latter 20th Century.
     
     As a young lawyer during the Algerian war, Vergès espoused the anti-colonialist cause and defended Djamila Bouhired, "la Pasionaria," who bore her country's hopes for freedom on her shoulders and was sentenced to death for planting bombs in cafes. He obtained her release, married her and had two children with her.
     
     Suddenly, at the height of an illustrious career, Vergès disappeared without trace for eight years. He re-emerged from his mysterious absence, taking on the defense of terrorists of all kinds, from Magdalena Kopp and Anis Naccache to Carlos the Jackal. He represented historical monsters such as Nazi lieutenant Klaus Barbie. From the lawyer's inflammatory and provocative cases to his controversial terrorist links, Barbet Schroeder follows the winding trail left by this "devil's advocate," as he forges his unique path in law and politics.
     
     Schroeder explores and questions the history of "blind terrorism" through his penetrating investigation of this compelling man and leads us towards shocking revelations that expose long-hidden links in history.  

    Photos (5)

    Full credits (8)

    Producer :

    Rita Dagher

    Directors of Photography :

    Caroline Champetier, Jean-Luc Perréard

    Production manager :

    Sylvie Balland

    Editor :

    Nelly Quettier

    Co-producers :

    Vincent Maraval, Brahim Chioua

    Sound recordists :

    Yves Coméliau, Béatrice Wick, Dominique Hennequin

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Music Composer :

    Jorge Arriagada

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Documentary

    Production language :

    French

    Production country :

    France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :

    2007

    French release :

    06/06/2007

    Runtime :

    2 h 15 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    114.608

    Visa issue date :

    31/05/2007

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Dolby DTS

    Rating restrictions :

    None

    Posters (1)

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    News (6)

    Festival Selections (12)

    Awards

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2008

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2008)

    Awards

    César Award for Best Documentary Feature

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    Website (2)