Red Olive Tree
Fall Grant 2011 - Development Stage
Current project status: PRODUCTION
The Belmakis, an upper-middle-class family in France, appear to lead a trouble-free life; all, however, is not as it seems. Ahmed, the patriarch, harbours a secret: he is a ‘Harki’ – an Algerian who served on the side of the French during the Algerian War. His French wife, Françoise, is lonely and depressed. Tarek, their son, still lives at home and has yet to find himself. And daughter Sofia, a law student, has no interest in her Algerian heritage. Ahmed dies in an accident while driving home. As the family prepares for his funeral, they hear a knocking from inside the coffin. Ahmed emerges alive and with a clear purpose: to travel back to Algeria.
- Karim Bensalah
- Karim Bensalah
- Habib Tsaki Ruelle
About the Director
Born of an Algerian father and a Brazilian mother, Karim Bensalah is an award-winning director, writer, and actor, currently based in Paris. He spent his childhood in Algeria, Brazil, Haiti and Senegal and studied social sciences and philosophy before getting a degree from the London Film School. His previous short 'Fatima’s Secret' was also shown in competition at Clermont Ferrand. Karim works between Europe, North America, South America, Africa and the Middle East and is currently preparing the feature film 'Blacklight'. Writer and script doctor/consultant for others, Karim also works as an actor. He has been working for more than ten years with cinema and education with adolescents and children. From this experience, he developed a method for directing non-professional actors and collective screenwriting.