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
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
Co-Producer: Marianne Dumoulin, Merzal Allouache
Production Company: JBA Production
World Sales: Elle Driver
Director: Merzak Allouache