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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

L’Opium et le bâton

Fortnight 1970, Feature film, 2h07'

Synopsis

Mouloud Mammeri’s nove lis the source of Rachedi’s second film. The novel’s episodic structure interested him, and he was also attracted by its treatment of the Algerian revolution an dits depiction of the people. The film takes place during the war of liberation when a doctor returns to the countryside and his home, which is divided. His brothers seem to fight on opposing sides. Rachedi uses this story to demonstrate the courage and persistence of the people in their fight against colonialism. In order to attract large audiences, he adopts a Hollywood production style where the story dominates the action and the film’s messages are submerged in the action-adventure format.

Director

Ahmed Rachedi

In 1969, he produced Z, by Costa Gavras, nominated for oscars.

Abdelhalim Rais
Jean Claude Bercq
Jean Louis Trintignant
Mahieddine Bachtarzi
Marie José Nat
Mustapha Kateb
Rouiched
Sid-Ali Kouiret

Screenplay
Ahmed Racheti