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Tea in the Harem of Archimedus

Tea in the Harem of Archimedus

A Feature film by Mehdi Charef

Produced by KG Productions

Release in France : 30/04/1985


    In a probing, autobiographical look at two impoverished teen buddies, director Mehdi Charef sketches a lucid cross-section of life on the wrong side of the tracks. Pat (Remi Martin) and Madjid (Kader Boukhanef) live in the squalor and isolation of a housing project -- neither wants a "respectable job," and so they pimp, steal, pick up women, and nurse their dreams. Pat's dream is to live off a rich woman in a warm climate, but Madjid has a desire much closer to home -- he has a crush on Pat's attractive sister, at least until she shatters his illusions.

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    Actors (21)

    Production and distribution (3)

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    KG Productions

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    KG Productions

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    KG Productions

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    International releases (3)

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    Full credits (16)

    Executive Producer :

    Michèle Ray Gavras

    Screenwriter :

    Mehdi Charef

    Sound recordists :

    Claude Villand, Jean-Paul Mugel

    Editor :

    Kenout Peltier

    Continuity supervisors :

    Pascale Bailly, Sylvette Baudrot

    Music Composer :

    Karim Kacel

    Casting :

    Marie-Christine Lafosse

    Sound Mixer :

    Joël Beldent

    Assistant Director :

    Jacques Fontanier

    Director of Photography :

    Dominique Chapuis

    Assistant Operators :

    Guillaume Schiffman, Thierry Jault

    Assistant editors :

    Marion Monestier, Pascale Bouché

    Production Designer :

    Thierry Flamand

    Foley artist :

    Jérôme Lévy

    Costume designers :

    Olga Berluti, Catherine Gorne-Achdjian, Maïka Guezel

    Still Photographer :

    Costa Gavras

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    Feature film

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    Immigration, Racial discrimination

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    100% French

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    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (2)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1986

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1986)

    Selection (2)

    Most Promising Actor : Kader Boukhanef

    Best first picture

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1985

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1985)


    Un Certain Regard

    Awards (2)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1986

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1986)


    César Award for Best First Feature

    Prix Jean Vigo - 1985

    Prix Jean Vigo (France, 1985)


    Jean Vigo Award : Mehdi Charef