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52nd edition

El taaib

Fortnight 2012, Feature film, 1H27


Algeria region of the high flatlands. As Islamist groups continue to spread terror, Rashid, a young Jihadist, leaves the mountains to return to his village. In keeping with the law « of pardon and national harmony », he has to surrender to the police and give up his weapon. He thus receives amnesty and becomes a « repenti ». But the law cannot erase his crimes and for Rachid it’s the beginning of a one-way journey of violence, secrets and manipulation.


Merzak Allouache

Born in Algiers, Merzak Allouache grew up during the Algerian struggle for independence. He studied filmmaking at Paris’s celebrated IDHEC, and quickly moved on to directing feature films, documentaries, and television programs. Omar Gatlato (1976), his first feature film, set in the neighborhood of Bab el-Oued in Algiers, was such a success that it changed the course of Algerian cinema.In 1994 Merzak returned to this same neighborhood to film Bab el-Oued City. The film captured the beginnings of the civil war that was then spreading across Algeria. Bab el-Oued City garnered the International Critics’ Prize at Cannes in 1994, as well as the grand prize at the Arab Film Festival in Paris. Merzak’s other films include Adventures of a Hero/Aventures d’un heros (1978), The Man Who Watched Windows/L’Homme qui regardait les fenêtres (1982), and A Love in Paris/Un amour à Paris (1988). In 1989 he made Following October/L’après-octobre, a documentary about the riots that took place in the suburbs of Paris in 1988.2005 recipient of the eighth Genevieve McMillan and Reba Stewart Fellowship for Distinguished Filmmaking

Adila Bendimered
Khaled Benaissa
Nabil Asli

Merzak Allouache

Mohamed Tayeb Laggoune

Ali Mahfiche, Xavier Thibault, Carole Vermer, Julien Perez

Sylvie Gadmer

Production :
Baya Films (Algérie)

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Title in Original Version : Le Repenti

Press release

Merzak Allouache delivers not just his best film of the past decade, but arguably his best in 36 years in the helmer’s seat / Variety
Merzak Allouache : “Je suis contre l’amnésie” /
Allouache montre les plaies de l’Algérie / Metro
Quand Merzak Allouache parle de politique /
Imperturbable, le réalisateur continue à explorer les strates sociales algériennes /
El Taaib : the dangerous burdens of the past /
Algerian director Merzak Allouache: I felt compelled to make “El Taaib” /