History Film Festival of Rijeka (Croatia)
The documentary function The Battle of Algiers, a film in history, directed by Malek Bensmaïl, has been selected in competition at the History Film Festival scheduled for September 5-9 in the city of Rijeka (Western Croatia)
Aare presented in Paris, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro, Carthage, Addis Abeba, Cape Town, Sao Paulo, Taroudant, Johannesburg, Tunis, Gothenburg by previews and festivals, The Battle of Algiers, a film in history, by Malek Bensmaïl, takes part in the official competition of the History Film Festival, scheduled for September 5-9 in the city of Rijeka (Western Croatia).
Grand Prix of the Film and History Festival of Taroudant (Morocco), and recently, Special Jury Award at the Oran Festival of Arabic Film (FOFA), the remarkable documentary of Malek Bensmaïl will also be presented in Lausanne, in September, then in Berlin.
At the front, again in September, a symposium will be organized for a week in Caen (France) around the film, in the presence of French and Algerian historians, including Daho Djerbal and, of course, Malek Bensmaïl. The Battle of Algiers, a film in historyexudes a nostalgic smell and a certain excitement in the air.
Because it is not about "making", but about the origin of the cult film by Gillo Pentecorvo, The battle of Algiers (1965). "This film is above all a lot of emotions: that of childhood, that of cinema, a film that made me long for cinema, and that of history, that tells a realistic story, and how he fed the story.
A film that influenced fascist and independence forces. It is a tribute to this amazing film and actors and extras who have themselves been linked to history. Because they were tortured and imprisoned by the French colonial army … ". Malek Bensmail will present. Fifty years after his shooting, Malek Bensmaïl, camera in the hand and height of man, in the footsteps of this great film, left a must for film lovers around the world.
Shot from «Massu»
And almost sacred to the Algerian people. He talks about his business, his revolution, his history, his struggle against the French colonial army. And more specifically, the famous and historic "Battle of Algiers", in 1957, where the French army of that time will play its predilection … at war. A kind of "final solution", a casus belli declared against a Kasbah, resistant, determined to sacrifice itself.
The dismantling of the Autonomous Zone of Algiers outside its control structure of the ALN-FLN during the Algerian Revolution (1954-1962) created at the end of the Congress of Soummam held on August 20, 1956 and only related to the capital. Then General Massu (Jean Martin) and his troops, the warlike and impressive "paratroopers", will march on Algiers, on La Casbah. And then these Ali La Pointe heroes, masterfully camped by the late Brahim Hadjadj, the little Omar, Hassiba Benbouali …
The Battle of Algiers, a film in history, by Malek Bensmaïl, a co-production between Hikayet Films (Algeria), Ciné +, Histoire, Imago Films and Radio Televisione Svizera (Switzerland), Al Jazeera (Qatar), Radio-Canada and the Algerian Ministry of Culture, tells the story of "The Battle of Algiers ", a historical weapon and cult film by Gillo Pentecorvo.
And this, by a riot of unpublished archives, important testimonies of Gillo Pentecorvo, his wife, Picci Pentecorvo, Yacef Saâdi who incarnated his own leading role of the Autonomous Zone of Algiers, in the film The battle of Algiers, the historians Mohamed Harbi and Daho Djerbal, Boudjemaâ Karèche, former director of the Algerian Cinematheque, Franco Solinas, the screenwriter of the original film The battle of Algiers … Lights between Algiers, Rome, New York and Philadelphia. Lighting, a narrative between Algiers, Rome (Italy), Paris (France), New York and Philadelphia (United States). And where fiction based on real facts and history merge.
The magic of Malek Bensmail works. A documentary very brilliant, not to say sparkling, by the quality of the image and the photography and especially the fluidity in the timeline. And then the main actor is none other than La Casbah, filmed from every angle. High through drones, on the patio & # 39; s and other picturesque alleyways. Beautiful aerial photos.
This flashback from Malek Bensmaïl is enameled with a multitude of anecdotes full of emotions. Like shooting down the guillotine scene. Crossing the death row and the execution of the revolutionary was difficult and terrible. The great singer of Chaabi, Mohamed El Badji, embodied his own role of death row in Serkadji. All the technicians of the film crew cried. Or the confusion between the filming of The Battle of Algiers and the coup d & # 39; état by Colonel Houari Boumediène. Some residents, who discovered tanks at the hotspots of the capital, still believed in the shooting of Gillo Pentecorvo.
"The Black Panthers have seen it, and you?"
The film required eight months of tracking and 110,000 m of film. The film The battle of Algiers, the recipient of the Golden Lion in Venice in 1966, was censored in France, was an anti-colonial model for African countries, that of Latin America and especially for the Black Panthers – revolutionary movement of African-American liberation – shown in the Pentagon , recommended as a manual on urban guerrilla warfare, especially in Iraq, against insurgents …
He even inspired a … fashion. That of the "para" uniformly tight, close to the skin. For the record, during the Battle of Algiers promotion in the New York subway, the incentive slogan said: "The Black Panthers have seen it, do you have? (The Black Panthers have seen it, how about you?) A reference to the beret and sunglasses of actor Jean Martin (General Massu), the overall appearance of the Black Panthers.