Algiers by Night
Spring Grant 2012
Current project status: COMPLETED
The sun sets over the Bay of Algiers. The city walls start to lose their shiny white, making room for the reality of the night, plain and lit by faded electric lights. Some young in-line skaters raid the streets of the capital, capturing video of themselves to post on the Internet. A middle-aged man roams without purpose. A young prostitute starts her ‘night’. Some wealthy, idle young men go clubbing. A photographer speaks of her art. An insomniac woman is afraid to step out of her home. All tell their stories. Not all will see the sun rise.
- Yanis Koussim
- Yanis Koussim
- Claire Mazeau Karoum
About the Director
Yanis Koussim is a self-taught filmmaker. His short films have been selected for international festivals including Locarno, Cannes and Clermont-Ferrand. He also wrote a collection of short stories entitled ‘The Coran According to Amma and Mother Foussa’, which was a finalist for the Mohamed Dib Prize in 2002. He is currently working on his first feature film.
Production Company Profile
Une Chambre à Soi Productions gathers people from diverse backgrounds who share the same passion for film. We promote and develop Algerian cinema by supporting shorts, features and documentaries. Additionally, we assist with theatrical production, training and distribution, technical capabilities and broadcasting. Our ambition is to be part of the remodelling of Algerian cinema; a cinema deserted by contemporary topics and short on artistic and technical skills due to a lack of schools specialising in film. Central to our vision is giving Algerian audiences the means to create their own representations. We strive to make going to the movies a cultural act. Une Chambre à Soi Productions avoids self-censorship by objectively showing Algerian work from past and present.
Awards and Festival History
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2012, at the Crossroads Co-Financing Forum (Greece)Awards
Received Special Mention at Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2012