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2 hrs, 3 mins
Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef
Gillo Pontecorvo

TICKETS / Washington D.C. / E Street Cinema

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Shot in the streets of Algiers in documentary style by Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo (Burn!), this legendary film vividly re-creates the tumultuous three-year uprising against the occupying French military forces in the late 1950s, with a prescience as powerful today as ever. As violence escalates, the French employ extreme interrogation of prisoners and the Algerians resort to guerrilla terrorism in their quest for independence, with non-combatants caught between. One of the most influential films in the history of political cinema, The Battle of Algiers won the Golden Lion (Grand Prize) at the 1966 Venice Film Festival and was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director and Best Story & Screenplay. With the exception of actor Jean Martin, who plays the French colonel brought in to quell the uprising by any means necessary, the cast consists of non-professional actors, many of whom were actually involved in the Algerian struggle. Based on the book Souvenirs de la Bataille d’Alger by Saadi Yacef, who appears in the film. Restored in 4K by Cineteca di Bologna and Istituto Luce - Cinecittà at L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, in collaboration with Surf Film, Casbah Entertainment Inc. and CultFilms. (Fully subtitled)