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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
22/30 September 2017 - #65ssiff

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La battaglia di Algeri / THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS
It Happened Yesterday

In 1954, 130 years of French colonialism in Algeria ends in revolt as the National Liberation Movement (FLN) strikes for independence by attacking the local European community. The governor hopes to quell the uprising by sealing off the Casbah, refuge for the FLN, but the attacks persist. The French bring in a paratroop division under the leadership of Colonel Mathieu, who tortures captured terrorists into naming their compatriots. Despite wiping out all of the FLN leaders, the rebellion continues. Thousands of Algerians riot, taking over the city, finally achieving their independence on July 3, 1962.
GILLO PONTECORVO Pisa, 1919. Began in written journalism, moving to cinema as an assistant to Yves Allégret and Mario Monicelli before debuting as a documentary-maker in 1953. He went on to make something of a name for himself with La grande strada aurra (The Wide Blue Road, 1957) and above all with La battaglia di Algeri (The Battle of Algiers, 1965). He later shot Queimada (Burn!, 1969), a work dominated by Marlon Brando, and Ogro (Operation Ogre, 1979), about the assassination of Carrero Blanco, lacking in the virtues of his earlier works.
Gillo Pontecorvo
Franco Solinas
Marcello Gatti
Mario Serandrei, Mario Morra
Ennio Morricone, Gillo Pontecorvo
Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Brahim Haggiag, Tommaso Neri
Running Time
135 m.
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