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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


    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.

    Actors (8)

    Production and distribution (4)

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    Bloody Mary Productions

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    Full credits (9)

    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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    Production language :

    English, French

    Coproducer countries :

    Morocco, Spain, France

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    Majority French (Morocco, Spain, France)

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    Runtime :

    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