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A film by Merzak Allouache

A Neon Productions and Baya Films (Algeria) coproduction

Omar, an unstable and lonely teenager, lives in a slum in the suburbs of Mostaganem.

He is addicted to a famous psychotropic, nicknamed « Madame Courage » : Artane tablets, very popular among young Algerians, for their euphoric effect of invincibility.

Omar is a specialist in snatching. This morning, he goes downtown to commit his usual crimes. His first prey is a young girl called Selma, walking with her friends, prominently wearing a gold necklace.

As he commits his larceny, their eyes meet.


Adlane Djemil

Lamia Bezoiui

Leila Tilmatine

Faidhi Zohra


First assistant director
Amine Kabbes

Script supervisor
Bahia Allouache

Director of photography
Olivier Guerbois

Assistant camera
Ouadi Guenich

Sound engineer
Amine Teggar

Location manager
Abdallah Seghir

Latif Benhamed

Head grip
Dridi Fillah

Tuong Vi Nguyen Long
Yann Dedet

Assistant editor
Houssem Boukhari

Sound editor
Alexis Durand

Julien Perez

Foley artist
Gadou Naudin

Lionel Kopf

Production Manager
Orizzonti Official Selection at the Venice International Film Festival
Haifa International Film Festival
FilmFest Hamburg
BFI London Film Festival
LatinArab Film Festival, Buenos Aires
Verona African Cinema Festival
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
Malatya International Film Festival
Cairo International Film Festival
Stockholm International Film Festival
ArabCamera Film Festival, Rotterdam
Image de Ville Festival, Aix-en-Provence
Carthage International Film Festival
Tallinn International Film Festival
Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival
Chefchaouen International Film Festival for Children and Youth
Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema
Jeonju International Film Festival
Milano Film Festival
American Film Institute Festival
Dubaï international Film Festival
Annaba Mediterranean Film Festival
African cinema Festival - FCAT, Tanger - Morocco
Fajr International Film Festival - Tehran
Vues d'Afrique - Montréal
New African Film Festival - Washington
International Film Festival - Prague
Mediterranean Film Festival of Annaba - Algeria
Luxor African Film Festival - Egypt
Festival international du film oriental de Genève - Switzerland
Olso arab film days - Norway
Arab film festival, Busan, Seoul - South Korea
Festival du film franco-arabe, Institut français d'Amman - Jordan
Neue Filme Afrika, Köln - Germany
Johannesburg Film Festival - South Africa
Valence Mostra du Film Méditerranéen - Spain
Baghdad International Film Festival- Iraq
Lausanne Africa Film Festival - Switzerland
Oran Film Festival - Algeria

Awards: Jury’s award and special mention of the jury for best actor to Adlane Djemil at the Annaba Mediterranean film festival.
Awards: Best Actor for Adlane Djemil at the Carthage International Film
Awards: Premio "Cinema al di là del muro", festival Cinema Africano di Verona - Italy
Awards: Young Audience Prize, Festival du film Méditerranéen of Bruxelles - Belgium
Awards: Finestre sul mondo award, Festival del cinema africano, d'asia e america latina di Milano - Italy
Awards: Grand prix international CIMA International Inc., Festival Vues d'Afrique de Montréal - Canada
Awards: Trophy for best director, Fajr International film festival, Tehran - Iran
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