2014 Edition

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.