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The Assault

The Assault

A Feature film by Julien Leclercq

Produced by Labyrinthe Films

Release in France : 09/03/2011


    Saturday 24th December 1994. Four GIA terrorists hijack an Air France A300 Airbus at the Algiers airport. The Airbus, bound for Paris, has 227 passengers on board. No one knows exactly what the terrorists’ intentions are, just that they are armed and extremely determined. They demand the liberation of their “brothers in arms” and want the aircraft to take off at once. After very lengthy and intense negotiations between the French and Algerian governments, the plane is finally allowed to leave. There are three main characters at the heart of the action: a member of the GIGN, Carole Jeanton, an ambitious technocrat willing to do anything it takes to achieve personal gain from the events, and Yahia Abdallah, a determined jihadist who grew up in the slums of Algiers and was being manipulated by an obscure GIA envoy, Ali Touchent. Each one will follow their own ideology until their paths cross in the final outcome. In front of an audience of 21 million television viewers, an assault by the GIGN brings the hostage crisis to an end. Never, in the history of terrorism had a crisis such as this arisen. It was to be a foretaste of the terrible events of September 11th 2001.



    The Assault

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    Actors (16)

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    Executive Producer :

    Labyrinthe Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Elle Driver

    Associate producer :

    Backup Films

    French distribution :

    Mars Films

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    Executive Producer :

    Julien Madon

    Sound Recordist :

    Jacques Sans

    Screenwriters :

    Simon Moutaïrou, Julien Leclercq

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Dominique Segall

    Sound Editor :

    Sébastien Marquilly

    Music Composers :

    Jean-Jacques Hertz, François Roy

    Casting :

    Pierre-Jacques Bénichou

    Sound Mixer :

    Sébastien Ariaux

    Assistant Director :

    Thierry Lecomte

    Line Producer :

    Marc Olla

    Director of Photography :

    Thierry Pouget

    Editors :

    Mickael Dumontier, Christine Lucas-Navarro, Frédéric Thoraval

    Production Designer :

    Jean-Philippe Moreaux

    Foley artist :

    Florian Fabre

    Costume designer :

    Muriel Legrand

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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    Suitable for all viewers, with warnings