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Hey Cousin !

Hey Cousin !

A Feature film by Merzak Allouache

Produced by JBA Production

Release in France : 20/11/1996


    The country mouse, Alilo, arrives wide-eyed from Algiers to do a little business. The town mouse, his cousin Mok, French-born and Parisian to the core, is there to meet him. Alilo loses the address of the guy he is supposed to meet and they spend a frantic week trying to track down the suitcase which he absolutely has to take back to Algiers. During this enforced stay, Alilo's constant amazement reflects the stifling strictures of Algerian society, while Mok's endless survival tricks show up the extreme harshness of life in Paris. Alilo finds true love and misses his return flight, little knowing that Mok, his "pure French" cousin, has fallen foul of the law and been deported to Algeria.

    Actors (23)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Co-productions :

    Cléa Productions, La Sept Cinéma

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    "Hey, Cousin !" is perhaps (probably) a film on the margins of French cinema... Nevertheless, I shot it in Paris, in the eighteenth district. Something magical was present around me during the duration of the shoot (because of the neighbourhood ? the actors ? the crew ?...), something that reminded me of the atmosphere of Algiers. This non-exoticism... Perhaps that's why, in Holland, a journalist asked me if I had overdone the local colour in my film... Perhaps he meant the colours of the multicultural Paris that I love..."
    (Merzak Allouache)

    Full credits (22)

    Executive Producer :

    Jacques Bidou

    Screenwriter :

    Merzak Allouache

    Director of Photography :

    Pierre Aïm

    Sound Assistant :

    Pascal Despres

    Camera Operator :

    Georges Diane

    Press Attaché (film) :

    François Hassan Guerrar

    Sound Editor :

    Michèle Boehm

    Continuity supervisor :

    Cathy Mlakar

    Music Composer :

    Safy Boutella

    Costume designer :

    Anne Schotte

    Still Photographer :

    Laurence Tremolet

    Assistant directors :

    Pierre Abela, Tiffany Tavernier, Mohamed Ourdache

    Foreign producers :

    Patrick Quinet, Jani Thiltges, Jacqueline Pierreux

    Sound Recordist :

    Philippe Senechal

    Assistant Operators :

    Jean-René Duveau, Marie Spencer, Johanne Debas

    Production manager :

    Marianne Dumoulin

    Editor :

    Denise de Casabianca

    Assistant editor :

    Mireille Hannon

    Production Designer :

    Olivier Raoux

    Casting :

    Bruno Delahaye

    Sound mixers :

    Benoît Biral, Gérard Rousseau

    Location Manager :

    Mathieu de Pasquale

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Belgium, Algeria, Luxembourg

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    Majority French (France, Belgium, Algeria, Luxembourg)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 43 min

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    Dolby A

    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (3)

    Cairo - International Film Festival - 1996

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1996)


    Out of Competition

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)


    Cinema of Tomorrow

    Directors' Fortnight - 1996

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1996)


    Official Selection