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October 17, 1961

October 17, 1961

A Feature film by Alain Tasma

Produced by Storia Television

Release in France : 19/10/2005


    Characters and destinies cross paths in this film where everyone has an incomplete and biased view of the situation. Sabine, a television journalist, isn’t particularly concerned about war. Her friend, Nathalie, is a supporter of the FLN (National Liberation Front) and tries to get Sabine to join the cause. Martin, a young cop without any political affiliation, has just returned from Algeria, where he did his military service and developed a hatred for Arabs. Tierce, a 45-year-old policeman and union member, was in the Resistance. Now he’s the sergeant at the 18th arrondissement precinct, torn between his humanist convictions and professional solidarity. Tarek, a non-militant, is a night workman. His nephew, Abde, is also a workman – who takes night classes in the hope that they will affect his social status. Ali Said is an officer in the FLN who rules with an iron fist in the shanty town of Nanterre at the outskirts of Paris. “Maurice”, coordinator of the French Federation of the FLN, is responsible for carrying out the orders of the federal committee. Another man, who actually existed and played a central role in the massacre of Arab demonstrators on 17 October, 1961, joins this cast of fictive characters: Maurice Papon.
    All these characters live through the tragic weeks of the fall of 1961 in different circumstances and places (shanty town, precinct, newspaper office, etc.).

    Actors (14)

    Production and distribution (3)

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    Storia Television

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    Les Acacias

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    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producers :

    Thomas Anargyros, Édouard de Vésinne

    Screenwriter :

    Patrick Rotman

    Sound Recordist :

    Bernard Borel

    Press Attaché (film) :

    François Vila

    Production Designers :

    Emile Ghigo, Claire Amoureux-Nicole

    Casting :

    René Tollemer

    Assistant director :

    Carole Golzio

    Director of Photography :

    Roger Dorieux

    Production Manager :

    Jean-Paul Battaggia

    Editor :

    Marie-Sophie Dubus

    Music Composer :

    Cyril Morin

    Costume designer :

    Céline Guignard

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 48 min

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    Dolby A

    Posters (1)



    Festival Selections (13)

    Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival - 2006

    Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil, 2006)


    Official International Selection

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2006

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2006)


    Panorama of World Cinema

    Sydney - Film Festival - 2006

    Sydney - Film Festival (Australia, 2006)


    Official Competition

    Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma - 2005

    Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Canada, 2005)


    International Competition

    TIFF - 2005

    TIFF (Canada, 2005)


    Contemporary World Cinema

    Delegations (5)