Night of destiny

  • Nuit du Destin (La)
Genre : Crime
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1997
Format : Feature
Running time : 95 (in minutes)

In Paris, Slimani, an arabian immigrant, witnesses a murder. Pursued by the assassins, he takes refuge in a mosque. Among his praying compatriots, who are dressed just like him, he manages to shake off the murderers. The next day the police are also looking for the witness. Detective Leclerc is in charge of the investigation. Mister Slimani however decides that time has come to realise his nostalgic dream. He gets ready to leave France for his homecountry, hoping to escape from murderers and policemen. His son Alilou, who is working for a local radio station, doesn't understand the sudden decision of his father. Leclerc from his side, finds out that entering the musulman-community isn't that easy for a French policeman. He asks Noria, a beautiful arabian girl to help him out and to work for him as an interpreter. But Noria disappears.

France / Algeria

Abrahim Bahloul has been working as a director for more than ten years now. After films as "Un thé à la menthe" and "A vampire au paradis" he directed "La nuit du destin", an intelligent detective film. More than a simple story of "man witnesses murder and becomes the new target of the murderers", "La nuit du destin" is also the story of immigrants longing for their homecountry, of a son and a father, of integration and differences.


a Abdelkrim BALHOUL film

SCREENPLAY: Abdelkrim BALHOUL, Pascal BONITZER
CAST: Philippe VOLTER, Gamil RATIB, Sonia MANKAI, Marie-José NAT, Boris TERRAL,
Producer: Djafari DJAFAR
MUSIC: Jean-Claude PETIT
PHOTO: Jean-Luc RIGAUT
MAKE-UP: Françoise MARIE-CATHERINE

COUNTRY: France / Algeria
YEAR: 1997 (production) - 1998 (release, official)
Running time: 95
FORMAT: 35 mm

France release : 5 May 1999

PRODUCTION:
Les Films Sur La Place

WORLD SALES:
Les Films Sur La Place


DISTRIBUTION:
Les Films Sur La Place


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Language: French with English subtitles


FESTIVALS / PRIX / AWARDS / TELEVISIONS

1998 | All Africa Films Awards 1998 (Johannesburgh, Afrique du Sud)
* Best Filmmaker
* Best film


1997 | Cairo International Film Festival | CAIRO, Egypt | December 1997
* Selection

1997 | Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film | NAMUR, Belgium | December 1997
* Selection

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