Fiche Film
LONG Métrage | 2014
Oranais (L’)
Titre original : Wahrani (El) [Original Title – Arabic]
Date de sortie en France : 19/11/2014
Pays concerné : Algérie
Durée : 128 minutes
Genre : historique
Type : fiction


Durant les premières années euphoriques qui suivent l’indépendance, deux amis, Djaffar et Hamid, sont promis à un bel avenir dans une Algérie libre jusqu’au jour où la trahison les sépare.

Un film de Lyes Salem

2014, Algérie / France, Fiction, 2h08, DCP, Français (sous-titré)

Interprétation :
Lyes Salem, Khaled Benaïssa, Djemel Barek, Amal Kateb, Najib Oudghiri, Sabrina Ouazani

Pays de production : Algérie, France
2014 – France
2h08 – 2,35 – 5.1
Visa 122 787



Pierre ANDRÉ, Gwennolé LE BORGNE et Marc DOISNE

Florence RICARD




Attaché de presse: Guerrar and Co


* L’AARC (Agence Algérienne pour le Rayonnement Culturel)

Ventes internationales
Film Distribution

Distribution : Haut et Court

2014 | Festival d’Abu Dhabi, Emirats Arabes Unis | Oct. 23 – Nov 1, 2014
* New Horizons / Afaq Jadida Competition (director’s first or second feature film)
* International Premiere
* Prix du Meilleur réalisateur du Monde arabe – Compétition New Horizons / Afaq Jadida (Best Director from the Arab World – New Horizons / Afaq Jadida Competition)
* Projection / Screening Times: Thu 10/30/2014, 18:00, Vox 6
* Projection / Screening Times: Sat 11/01/2014, 15:30, Vox 4

2014 | Festival international du Film de St-Jean-de-Luz, France
* Prix du Public et Prix du Jury Jeunes

2014 | 7ème Festival du Film francophone d’Angoulême – FAA 2014, France | 23-26 août 2014
* Compétition Officielle
* Première Mondiale
* Séance cinéma de la Cité : vendredi 22 août 2014, 16h00 – En présence de Lyes Salem (réalisateur) & Khaled Benaïssa (acteur)
* Séance espace Franquin : samedi 23 août 2014, 20h00 – En présence de Lyes Salem (réalisateur) & Khaled Benaïssa (acteur)
* Séance cinéma de la Cité : dimanche 24 août 2014, 10h30 – En présence de Lyes Salem (réalisateur) & Khaled Benaïssa (acteur)

Sortie en salles (France) : 19 novembre 2014


Man from Oran (The)
During the first euphoric years following the independence of Algeria, two close friends, Djaffar and Hamid, face a promising future. Over the decades, however, secrets and betrayal drive them apart.

The film follows Djaffer who becomes involved with the struggle for independence alongside his friend, Hamid, a ‘revolutionary’. After incidentally killing a French farmer, Djaffer goes on to fight in the war and emerge a hero. When he returns to his village he discovers his wife is dead and has left behind a child whose paternity is questioned. Hamid, on the other hand, enjoys life as the country’s first President and the sophisticated, confident face of a new and modern Algeria. Djaffar, an idealist who is excited by his country’s many possibilities in the post-independence, is given little concrete to do. Instead he watches, uncomfortably, as Hamid and his entourage develop a taste for Western luxuries.

A film by Lyès Salem

Algeria / France, 2014, Feature Narrative, 128min. | French with Arabic / English Subtitles, DCP

Original Title: El Wahrani / L’Oranais

Director: Lyès Salem
Algeria, France | French
2014 | 128min.
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Format: DCP

The second feature from Algerian director Lyès Salem (Masquerade).

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 (Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2014)

Director: Lyès Salem
Cast: Lyès Salem, Boukefa Abdullah, Khaled Benaissa, Djemel Barek, Amal Kateb

Screenwriter: Lyès Salem
Cinematographer: Pierre Cottereau
Sound: Pierre André, Gwennolé Le Borgne
Editor: Florence Ricard
Music: Mathias Duplessy
Producer: Isabelle Madelaine (DHARAMSALA)

* AARC (Agence Algérienne pour le Rayonnement Culturel)

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