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Merzak Allouache

Merzak Allouache

Merzak Allouache is an Algerian filmmaker and writer born in 1944. He is best known for his films “Chouchou”, “The Rooftops,” and “Salut Cousin.”

He began studying cinematography at age 20 at the Institut National du Cinema d’Alger, and graduated after directing his first film, “Croisement.”

He went on to direct another short movie, “Le Voleur,” and pursued training workshops and courses at IDHEC and ORTF.

Allouache launched his career by directing several documentaries and comedy shows for Algerian television.

Among his best-known feature films are “Omar Gelato,” which was shown at the Semain de la Critique in 1977; “Bab El Oued City;” and the comedy film “Salut Cousin,” which featured comedian Gad Elmaleh and was selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in 1996.

Allouache made a documentary for the French TV Arte, “Life and Death of Algerian Journalists,” and a number of other TV films, but eventually returned to cinema in 2001 with his film “L’Autre Monde.”

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Merzak Allouache is an Algerian filmmaker and writer born in 1944. He is best known for his films “Chouchou”, “The Rooftops,” and “Salut Cousin.”

He began studying cinematography at age 20 at the Institut National du Cinema d’Alger, and graduated after directing his first film, “Croisement.”

He went on to direct another short movie, “Le Voleur,” and pursued training workshops and courses at IDHEC and ORTF.

Allouache launched his career by directing several documentaries and comedy shows for Algerian television.

Among his best-known feature films are “Omar Gelato,” which was shown at the Semain de la Critique in 1977; “Bab El Oued City;” and the comedy film “Salut Cousin,” which featured comedian Gad Elmaleh and was selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in 1996.

Allouache made a documentary for the French TV Arte, “Life and Death of Algerian Journalists,” and a number of other TV films, but eventually returned to cinema in 2001 with his film “L’Autre Monde.”

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