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Back There

Back There

A Feature film by Alexandre Arcady

Produced by Alexandre Films

Release in France : 12/04/2000


    Pierre Nivel, now the toop newsreader in France, was seventeen when he left Algeria during the war of independence. Along with the land of his childhood, he also left behind his neighbor and first love, Leila. Now, thirty years later, Leila needs Pierre’s help to save her daughter Amina, a spirited young woman, from marriage to the leader of one fundamentalist groups. And so, in spite of the danger, Pierre returns to Algiers, a city where he is now a stranger. His journey back in time will allow him to keep the promise made to Leila at the harbor gates thirty years earlier.

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    Executive Producer :

    Alexandre Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Co-productions :

    STUDIOCANAL, TF1 Films Production

    French distribution :

    Bac Films Distribution

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    It certainly seems difficult to escape Algeria. French consciousness continues to be haunted by that country’s past. Alexandre Arcady, a man so clear and serene on the surface, is especially interested in all that is dark, secret, and threatening. As though fascinated by the “mystery” of his permanent uprooting in the summer of 1962, his latest film raises the anguishing issue of the cruel violence now shaking Algeria again after many years. This film represents a double return: Pierre (played by Antoine de Caunes) returns to the Algeria of today, and he returns to rummage through his memories of the past. He crosses a land of palpable threats, of fear, of government repression, and terrorist violence. He can’t stop running. His dash through a society quaking from the madness of a “cowards’ war” continues into the mountains of the rebellious Berber population. Where will his long flight end?

    Benjamin Stora, historian (excerpt from press kit)

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    Full credits (21)

    Executive Producer :

    Alexandre Arcady

    Dialogue Writers :

    Antoine Lacomblez, Alexandre Arcady

    Line Producer :

    Robert Benmussa

    Voice :

    Richard Berry

    Sound Recordist :

    Dominique Levert

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Dominique Segall, François Hassan Guerrar

    Sound Editor :

    Jean Gargonne

    Music Composer :

    Philippe Sarde

    Costume designer :

    Annie Périer

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean-Paul Hurier

    Still Photographer :

    Éric Caro

    Assistant Director :

    Alexandre Aja

    Author of original work :

    René Bonnell

    Screenwriters :

    Antoine Lacomblez, Alexandre Arcady

    Director of Photography :

    Robert Alazraki

    Production Manager :

    Jean-Paul Battaggia

    Editor :

    Joële Van Effenterre

    Production Designer :

    Tony Egry

    Casting :

    Pierre Amzallag

    French Distributor :

    Jean Labadie

    Narrator :

    Richard Berry

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    Feature film

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    Exile, History

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

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    Dolby DTS

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