2014 Edition's Long Narrative

The Rooftops (Es-Stouh)

The Rooftops (Es-Stouh)

  • Section :Long Narrative
  • Country :Algeria | France
  • Production Year :2013
  • Runtime: 106 Minutes

    Director: Merzak Allouache

    Screenwriter: Merzak Allouache

    Cinematographer: Frédéric Darrien 

    Editor: Sylvie Gadmer

    Cast: Meriem Medjkane, Adila Bendimerad, Nassima Belmihoub, Ahcène Benzerrari and Mourad Khen

    Print Source: festival@elledriver.eu

    Synopsis: Algiers. An overcrowded city, with its endless traffic jams, its chaotic crowd, its rundown buildings, its old apartments piled up with families trying to survive... In this suffocating city, the rooftops, progressively transformed into living spaces, they too, over time, become effervescent spaces where smiles cross the hurt, life and death. The Casbah, Bab el Oued, Belcourt, Notre-Dame d’Afrique, Telemly: five historic neighborhoods of the Algerian capital. Five rooftops beautifully open to the city, the bay, the sea, and the horizon far away. Five stories independent of each other that mingle and clash.

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