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Tea in the Harem of Archimedus

Tea in the Harem of Archimedus

A Feature film by Mehdi Charef

Produced by KG Productions

Release in France : 30/04/1985

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KG Productions

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KG Productions

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In a probing, autobiographical look at two impoverished teen buddies, director Mehdi Charef sketches a lucid cross-section of life on the wrong side of the tracks. Pat (Remi Martin) and Madjid (Kader Boukhanef) live in the squalor and isolation of a housing project -- neither wants a "respectable job," and so they pimp, steal, pick up women, and nurse their dreams. Pat's dream is to live off a rich woman in a warm climate, but Madjid has a desire much closer to home -- he has a crush on Pat's attractive sister, at least until she shatters his illusions.

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Full credits (16)

Executive Producer :

Michèle Ray Gavras

Screenwriter :

Mehdi Charef

Sound recordists :

Claude Villand, Jean-Paul Mugel

Editor :

Kenout Peltier

Continuity supervisors :

Pascale Bailly, Sylvette Baudrot

Music Composer :

Karim Kacel

Casting :

Marie-Christine Lafosse

Sound Mixer :

Joël Beldent

Assistant Director :

Jacques Fontanier

Director of Photography :

Dominique Chapuis

Assistant Operators :

Guillaume Schiffman, Thierry Jault

Assistant editors :

Marion Monestier, Pascale Bouche

Production Designer :

Thierry Flamand

Foley artist :

Jérôme Lévy

Costume designers :

Olga Berluti, Catherine Gorne-Achdjian, Maïka Guezel

Still Photographer :

Costa Gavras

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Feature film

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Immigration, Racial discrimination

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100% French

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1 h 50 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (2)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1986

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1986)

Selection (2)

Best first picture

Most Promising Actor : Kader Boukhanef

Cannes International Film Festival - 1985

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1985)


Un Certain Regard


Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1986

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1986)


César award for best debut