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The Man from Oran

The Man from Oran

Original Title: El Wahrani/L'Oranais
Director: Lyès Salem
Algeria, France | French
2014 | 128min.
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Format: DCP
Six years after helming Masquerade, Lyès Salem presents The Man from Oran, a haunting political drama laced with the agony and angst of men and women who lived through the Algerian Revolution. Interspersed with the heartrending stories of revolutionaries and their unimaginable sacrifices, Salem’s latest film is also visually arresting with each frame magnificently composed. Indeed, a world unto itself. The Man from Oran looks at the turbulent political history of Algeria as it fights “not the French occupiers but colonialism' over a 30-year-period through the eyes of two close friends, Djaffer (Lyès Salem) and Hamid (Khaled Benaissa). The opening shot shows them going for a drive, when they are ambushed by the French armed forces. However, they manage to escape and join the National Liberation Army. When Algeria wins its independence, it brings along its own problems, treacheries and tribulations. Corruption in political life, falsification of historical facts and personal loss as well frustration brought about by arrogance and thirst for power have all been dealt with remarkable lucidity and conviction. Above all, the movie enumerates through Djaffer’s life (an excellent performance by Salem) how tragic separations, breakdown of families, small sacrifices and strong selfish desires change the tone and tenor of a society. —Gautaman Bhaskaran

Director,  Lyès Salem

Director,  Lyès Salem

Renowned actor and film director Lyès Salem (p. 53) has won a number of awards and the César for Best Short Film in 2005 for Cousins. His debut feature Masquerades (2009) represented Algeria at the Oscars and was nominated for the Best First Film César.

Cast and Crew

Director
Lyès Salem
Cast
Lyès Salem, Boukefa Abdullah, Khaled Benaissa, Djemel Barek, Amal Kateb
Production Company
Agence Algérienne pour le Rayonnement Culturel
Sales Contact
Films Distribution
Music
Mathias Duplessy
Producer
Isabelle Madelaine
Screenwriter
Lyès Salem
Editor
Florence Ricard
Cinematographer
Pierre Cottereau
Sound
Pierre André, Gwennolé Le Borgne
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