The Foreign Son
Spring Grant 2012 - Development Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED
Answering the call of his homeland, of which he retains only childhood memories, 50-year-old Omar returns to his native Algeria. There seems to be a path unfolding in front of him, and it is tortuous. Providence provides a child to guide him. The apparently pristine wilderness is heavy with the history of the land. Along a fine line between reality and fantasy, this past surfaces through archive footage. Strangely, the uncanny trip will lead Omar to connect with a landscape he hardly knows, and allow his intimate reunion with an estranged family.
- Abdallah Badis
- Abdallah Badis
- Rachid Khaldi
About the Director
After graduating from high school, where he majored in science and biology in 1971, Abdallah Badis started his working life as a steelworker in Lorraine, then engaged in other pursuits until 1979. Whether in theatre or film, he always tries to lend a voice to unnamed people, the world he comes from, staging common folks and their special ways: their gestures at work and in daily life, their ordinary words and silences. This led Badis quite naturally to feel the strong need to bear witness to the lives, mutations and upheavals of our times through storytelling in cinema.
Production Company Profile
In love with cinema, when it offers a perspective on our lives, when it pushes us, moves us, and opens us up to others, we created Cactuso Films in 2012 and we wish to bear the responsibility of producing films with certainty, enthusiasm and exigency. We like features that push the boundaries of cinemat and that offer new ways to tell stories, for we believe cinema is derived from the individual perspective. Cactusco Films produced Abdallah Badis’s first feature-length film, ‘The Foreign Son’ (2015) and is currently working on his second feature, ‘On The Hillsides’.