LA BATAILLE D’ALGER – UN FILM DANS L’HISTOIRE
DOCUMENTARY – France 2017 (INA Paris) – Directed by Malek Bensmaïl
O U R E F F O R T
In 1965, three years after Algeria gained its independence, Gillo Pontecorvo began to shoot a film reconstituting the events of the Battle of Algiers (1957). The black and white newsreel-style film took the 1966 Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival.
Effectively banned in France until 1971 in cinemas.
Whereas Alger is the capital refuge of all anti-colonial fighters, the young Algerians identify with the legendary hero of the film, Ali la Pointe.
In the 70s, for the spectators of the whole world, the film becomes the mirror of an epic.