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Salut Cousin!

Salut Cousin!

Director: Merzak Allouache
Algeria, France, Belgium, Luxembourg | French, Arabic
1996 | 100min.
Subtitles: English
Format: 35mm
Mok, a second generation immigrant and Parisian to the hilt receives his wide-eyed cousin Alilo, a small-time hustler from Algeria, who has just landed in Paris for the first time. Alilo has to to pick up a suitcase full of “designer' dresses that can be sold at inflated prices back home, but he has lost the address. He has to stay in Paris till he finds it. During this forced stay, the cousins will come face to face with the suffocating straitjacket of expat Algerian society as well as the harshness of life in Paris, which not so kind to newcomers or outsiders. Stories of immigrants who come to terms with life in a foreign culture are nothing new to cinema, but few have done it as honestly, wittily and with the correct dose of humour and flair as the celebrated Merzak Allouache, Variety’s Middle East Filmmaker of the Year, does in his sixth feature Salut Cousin! Allouache takes care to give us an evenhanded look at the immigrant experience in Paris. Salut Cousin! was made during his exile from his homeland after the release of Bab El Oued City in 1994, when he was looking for a way to make a film on two things dear to him, Algiers and Paris, despite being unable to be in Algiers. —Raman Chawla

Director,  Merzak Allouache

Director,  Merzak Allouache

Merzak Allouache, considered one of the most important Arab directors, was born in Algiers, grew up during the Algerian struggle for independence, studied filmmaking in Paris and began making films in 1976 with Omar Gatlato. His work often focuses on the complexities of Algerian society and its complicated relationship with France. Bab el Oued City (1994) was about the early days of the Algerian anticolonial struggle. In Normal (2011) he took on cultural corruption and censorship and The Repentant (2012) is about Islamic terrorism.

Cast and Crew

Director
Merzak Allouache
Cast
Gad Elmaleh, Messaoud Hattau, Jean Benguigui, Ann-Gisel Glass, Magaly Berdy, Xavier Maly
Production Company
JBA Production, La Sept Cinema, Flash-Back Audiovisual, Artémis Productions, RTBF, Samsa Films
Sales Contact
Films Distribution
Music
Safy Boutella
Producer
Jacques Bidou
Screenwriter
Merzak Allouache, Carloine Thivel
Editor
Denise de Casabianca
Cinematographer
Pierre Aïm, Georges Diane
Production Designer
Olivier Raoux
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