The Rooftops
Filmfest 2014

German Age Rating

Film Website

From dawn till dusk, paced by the calls to prayer, a surprising crowd wanders about on the rooftops of Algiers. Closed spaces, that have become open air mirrors to the contradictions, the violence, the intolerance of the endless conflicts that mar Algerian society.

"Veteran director Merzak Allouache casts an unquiet eye on his society from the rooftops of Algiers. While the rest of the Arab world writhes and burns, Algeria appears, at least from the outside, to be a relatively quiet haven after a decade of terrorism. This notion is dispelled, however, in THE ROOFTOPS, a series of cleverly interwoven dramas that go deep inside the social fabric to reveal how frazzled and violent it has become. Writer-director Merzak Allouache, one of the country’s most authoritative filmmakers, is convincing as he sketches the results of contemporary history from the French occupation to the present day."
The Hollywood Reporter

tags: Arab World, Relationship, Humor, Feature film, Urban

Cast: Adila Bendimerad, Nassima Belmihoub, Ahcene Benzerari, Aïssa Chouat, Mourad Khen


Screenplay: Merzak Allouache

Director of Photography: Frédéric Derrien

Film Editor: Sylvie Gadmer

Sound: Philippe Bouchez, Xavier Thibault, Julien Perez

Producer: Jacques Bidou

Production Company: JBA Production

Co-Producer: Marianne Dumoulin, Merzal Allouache

World Sales: Elle Driver

Director: Merzak Allouache