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The Murdered Sun

The Murdered Sun

A Feature film by Abdelkrim Bahloul

Produced by MACT Productions

Release in France : 18/08/2004


    Jean Senac, a French settler in North Africa, poet and creator of radio programs, decided to stay in Algeria after the declaration of independence in 1962. Ten years later he is now under police surveillance. His poetry recitals throughout the country have met with firm support and his program “Poetry From All Sides” has been a great success with younger listeners.
    To their great dismay, two young students, Hamid and Belkacem, learn that the piece they’ve written and presented at the first National Festival of Algerian Theater has been rejected under the pretext that they performed it in French. Their disappointment is eased when they meet Senac backstage and he congratulates them on their fine work.
    Hamid and Belkacem become close friends with the poet and join him in his fight for freedom and the culture of Algerian youth.
    Senac, who is murdered one night in August 1973 in the cellar that was his home, becomes a martyr for the cause.
    Hamid is accused of the murder.

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    This film received the Golden Zenith for Best African Film at the 2003 Montreal World Film Festival, and the Sebastian Award at the 2003 San Sebastian International Film Festival.

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    Full credits (14)

    Executive Producer :

    Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre

    Screenwriter :

    Abdelkrim Bahloul

    Sound Recordist :

    Faouzi Thabet

    Press Attachés (film) :

    André-Paul Ricci, Tony Arnoux

    Sound Editor :

    Mourad Louanchi

    Production Designers :

    Bruno Beaugé, Taoufik Behi

    Costume designer :

    Ève-Marie Arnault

    Associate Producer :

    Bachir Derrais

    Director of Photography :

    Charlie Van Damme

    Production manager :

    Edith Colnel

    Editors :

    Jacques Witta, Pierre Didier

    Continuity supervisor :

    Saïda Ben Mahmoud

    Music Composers :

    Jean-Marie Sénia, Souad Massi

    Sound Mixer :

    Benoît Biral

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    Feature film

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    History, Murder

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    France, Belgium

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    Majority French (France, Belgium)

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    1 h 25 min

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    Dolby SRD

    Posters (1)


    News (3)

    Festival Selections (9)

    BFI London Film Festival - 2003

    BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain, 2003)


    French Revolutions

    FIFF - 2003

    FIFF (Belgium, 2003)


    Official Competition

    San Sebastian International Film Festival - 2003

    San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain, 2003)


    Amongst Friends and Neighbours - North African Open House

    Montreal World Film Festival - 2003

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 2003)


    African Cinema

    Venice International Film Festival  - 2003

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 2003)


    Against the Tide

    Awards (2)

    FIFF - 2003

    FIFF (Belgium, 2003)


    Namur City Audience Award

    Delegations (4)