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Cinema

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Orizzonti

Director:
Rachid Hami
Production:
Mizar Films (Nicolas Mauvernay) France 2 cinéma Ma Studios (Amy Ma, TienTsung Ma) TAICCA, Taiwan’s International Co-funding Programme
Running Time:
113’
Language:
French, English, Arabic, Chinese
Country:
France, Taipei
Main Cast:
Karim Leklou, Shaïn Boumedine, Lubna Azabal, Samir Guesmi, Laurent Lafitte, Vivian Sung, Slimane Dazi, Souhade Temimi, Alicia Hava, Elyes Aguis
Screenplay:
Rachid Hami, Ollivier Pourriol
Cinematographer:
Jérôme Almeras
Editor:
Joëlle Hache
Production Designer:
Yann Megard
Costume Designer:
Joana Georges Rossi
Music:
Dan Levy
Sound:
Mathieu Descamps

Synopsis

Aissa, a young officer of Algerian origin, tragically loses his life during a fresher initiation ritual at the prestigious French military academy of Saint-Cyr. As the death tears through his family, controversy arises over Aissa’s funeral plans when the Army refuses to take responsibility. Ismael, his older, rebellious brother, tries to keep the family united as they fight to win justice for Aissa.

Director’s Statement

Tragedy makes everything bigger, more intense. Yet, when it hits you, it does so unexpectedly and insidiously. In fall 2012, around midnight, the students at a military school organised a hazing: the freshmen were urged to enter a freezing cold pond. The lights go off. Panic. Many nearly drowned. In this confusion, a young student officer went missing: Jallal Hami. My brother. For My Country deals with a political topic while always remaining personal. The film doesn’t let itself be carried away by its own anger, it is instead a thoughtful film, imbued with bitterness, disenchantment, and courage, what is needed to face our own collective failures.

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION 1: Nicolas Mauvernay – MIZAR FILMS
4, rue C. de la Rochefoucauld
75009 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 781313486
nmauvernay@mizarfilms.eu

PRODUCTION 2: Amy Ma, Tien-Tsung Ma – Ma Studios
8F-3, N°250, Zhong Xiao East Road
101 – Taipei
Tel. +886 953567150
amy@monster-a.com

OTHER COPRODUCTIONS: TAICCA Taiwan’s International Co-funding Program / Taipei International Film Fund

WORLD SALES: Fionnuala Jamison – mk2 films
55, rue traversière
75012 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 144673030
intlsales@mk2.com
https://mk2films.com/en/

PRESS OFFICE: Christelle Randall – Christelle Randall PR
United Kingdom
Mob. +44 7834624300
christelle@christellerandall.com


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