Living in Paradise
105 min | Drama,
Director: Bourlem Guerdjou
Producer: Jean Bréhat & Rachid Bouchareb
Co-producer: Bjørn Eivind Aarskog
Featuring: Fadila Belkebla, Roschdy Zem, Omar Bekhaled, Farida Rahouadj, Ramzi Brari.
Camera: Georges Lechaptois
Editor: Sandrine Deegen
Language: Arabic / French with english subtitles
Production year: 1998
Algerian Oscar Candidate 1998
Set in France in 1961-1962 during the Algerian War, Living In Paradise is a thought-provoking examination of the lives of North African immigrants trying to find a place in the social system of Western Europe.
1961-1962, the Algerian War is under way, Lakhdar, an immigrant construction worker, lives in the Nanterre shantytown which is 3km away from Paris. He can no longer bear living alone, far from his family in Southern Algeria. Once he succeeds in bringing them to France, he starts looking for a decent apartment. Just as he is about to reach his goal, at the cost of a betrayal, history strikes back at him...
Written By: L.H. Wong