Algeria | 2013 | 92 minutes | Merzak Allouache
Algeria's most beloved director weaves the story of five Algiers neighborhoods organized according to the five calls of prayer, over the course of a single day.
May 24, 2014
Lincoln Square Cinemas
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May 26, 2014
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May 29, 2014
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival
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Merzak Allouache (The Repentant, SIFF 2013), widely considered Algeria's most important living director, is at the top of his game in The Rooftops, a multi-character portrait of life in the country's capital city. Taking place on a single day and structured by the five calls to prayer that reverberate across Algiers, the film takes us to five different neighborhoods to explore the nation's religious, class, and gender divides as well as the fractious coexistence of its revolutionary past and conservative present. An underhand businessman and his partner, a documentary filmmaker and her crew, a crazy old man who may or may not have fought in the War of Independence, a band practicing for an upcoming gig, an imam and his followers-a complex cross section of lives play out on rooftop terraces from the ramshackle tenements of the Casbah to the upscale high-rises on the glittering Mediterranean. In The Rooftops, Allouache demonstrates both a deep affection for and a critical engagement with the country and its people.
Merzak Allouache was born in Bab el Oued. He studied filmmaking in Algiers at the Institut National du Cinéma and finished his studies at the IDHEC film school in Paris. In '76, he directed his first feature film Omar Gatlato. He remained in France from '83 to '88, and then returned to Algeria where he directed in '93 Bab el Oued City. The violent events that shook Algeria forced him to leave. He settled in Paris where he lives to this day. Since then, he has directed films both in France and in Algeria.
Sponsored by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Delta Air Lines
|Principal Cast:||Adila Bendimerad, Nassima Belmihoub, Ahcene Benzerari, Aïssa Chouat, Mourad Khen|
|Running Time:||92 minutes|
|Producer:||Merzak Allouache, Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin|
|Website:||Official Film Website|
|Awards:||Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2013 (Best Director, FIPRESCI Prize)|
|Filmography:||The Repentant (2012), Normal! (2011), Harragas (2009), Bab el web (2007), Chouchou (2005), The Other World (2001), Salut Cousin (1996), Bab el Oued City (1993), Un Amour à Paris (1986), L’Homme qui Regardait les Fenêtres (1983), Mughamarat Batal (1976), Omar Gatlato (1976)|
|International Sales:||Elle Driver|