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OUTSIDE THE LAW (Hors-la-loi)
A film by Rachid Bouchareb
Language: French | Arabic
Running Time: 138 min
Academy Award Nominee – Best Foreign Language Film
Official Selection – CANNES Film Festival 2010
Official Selection – Toronto Film Festival 2010
Official Selection – Tribeca Film Festival 2010
Opens in Toronto (Cumberland) and Montreal (Cinema du Parc) on March 25
“… certainly a handsome-looking film.” “…lensing is classically perfect …” “…sweeping score milks every emotional moment.“ Jay Weissberg, Variety
“…powerful and well made.” Stephen Holden, New York Times
“…utterly absorbing from first minute to last.” Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) is a 2010 dramatic feature film written and directed by Rachid Bouchareb, with a sweeping story that takes place between 1945 and 1962 and focuses on the lives of three Algerian brothers who fight for Algeria’s independence from France after World War II. It is a stand-alone follow-up to Bouchareb’s 2006 Academy Award nominated film Days of Glory, which was set during World War II.
After losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers are scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina; Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement; Saἳd moves to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs and boxing halls of Pigalle. Gradually, their interconnecting destinies reunite them in the French capital where freedom is a battle to be fought and won.
Outside the Law was a French majority production with co-producers in Algeria, Tunisia and Belgium, and the film’s historically unorthodox portrayal of the 1945 Sétif massacre sparked a political controversy in France. Bouchareb comments: “The French, Algerians, North Africans and Africans, especially the younger generations, need to know about the colonial past. Maybe after seeing the film, they’ll want to find out more in books. In that respect, the film launches a debate in which everyone can have a say. Concerning events in Sétif in 1945, for example, French and Algerian historians need to work together in complete freedom to write the shared experience of France and Algeria without the intrusion of controversies surrounding the Algerian War.”
The film represented Algeria at the recent Academy Awards where it was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. It was the third time a film directed by Bouchareb was nominated in that category, after Dust of Life in 1996 and Days of Glory in 2007.The film was nominated for Best Screenplay at the 16th Lumière Awards, voted by foreign journalists who work in Paris. It had its world premiere on May 21st at the 2010 CANNES Film Festival.
Jamel Debbouze as Saïd
Roschdy Zem as Messaoud
Sami Bouajila as Abdelkader
Bernard Blancan as Colonel Faivre
Chafia Boudraa as the mother
Sabrina Seyvecou as Hélène
Assaad Bouab as Ali
Thibault De Montalembert as Morvan
Samir Guesmi as Otmani
Jean Pierre Lorit as Picot
Ahmed Benaissa as the father
Larbi Zekkal as Le caïd
Louiza Nehar as Zohra
Mourad Khen as Sanjak
Mohamed Djouhri as the trainer
Mustapha Bendou as Brahim
Abdelkader Secteur as Hamid
About Video Services Corp.
Video Services Corp. will distribute the film across Canada in a number of markets. The DVD will follow later in 2011. Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. is a leading independent film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. Recent VSC releases include Alex Gibney’s Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Holy Rollers starring Jesse Eisenberg and coming up the TIFF selection The Matchmaker.