Far From Men
Filmfest 2015

Algeria, 1954. While rebellion rumbles in the valley, two very different men are thrown together by a world in turmoil and are forced to flee across the Atlas mountains. In the midst of an icy winter, Daru, the reclusive teacher, is ordered to escort Mohamed, a villager accused of murder, to the nearest prison. Pursued by Arab horsemen seeking justice and vengeful settlers, the two men are driven into the highlands where they must join forces in their fight for freedom.

"From my very first reading of Camus’ short story "The Guest", I visualized a Western. Admittedly, an unconventional Western, steeped in European history and set against the backdrop of the North African highlands, but a Western all the same. True to the genre, there are colonizers and the colonized, a prisoner to be escorted, and a plot that spirals into violence. A collision between two systems of law is at the heart of the story and its character relationships." David Oelhoffen

tags: Francophone, History, Violence, Cultural Conflict, Feature film

Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb, Antoine Laurent, Djemel Barek, Vincent Martin

Credits

Screenplay: David Oelhoffen

Original Material: Albert Camus

Director of Photography: Guillaume Deffontaines

Film Editor: Juliette Welfling

Composer: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis

Production Designer: Stéphane Taillasson

Costume Design: Khadija Zeggaï

Sound: Martin Boissau, Thomas Desjonquères, Emmanuel Croset

Producer: Marc du Pontavice, Matthew Gledhill

Production Company: One World Films

Co-Production Company: Pathé Production, Perceval Pictures, Kaléo Films

World Sales: Pathé Distribution

Distributor: Arsenal Filmverleih GmbH

Director: David Oelhoffen