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by Merzak Allouache


Kamel and his brother Bouzid live in Bab el Oued, a working-class neighborhood of Algiers. Bouzid is an Internet addict. He spends his time in a cybercafé "chatting" with girls from around the world. Without really believing it will ever happen, he invites them to Algiers. But one day, Laurence, one of his French correspondents, announces that she accepts his invitation – and that she’s arriving in Algiers in a week’s time! For Bouzid, it’s a disaster: how can he welcome Laurence when he lives in a small apartment with the rest of his family?

international title: Bab el web
original title: Bab el web
country: France, Algeria
year: 2004
genre: fiction
directed by: Merzak Allouache
film run: 99'
release date: FR 16/03/2005, BE 11/05/2005
screenplay: Merzak Allouache
cast: Samy Naceri, Faudel, Julie Gayet, Hacène Benzerari, Boualem Benani
cinematography by: Antoine Roch
film editing: Sylvie Gadmer
art director: Sylvie Deldon
costumes designer: Laurence Struz
music: D.J. Abdel, Valmont
producer: Gilles Sandoz, Pierre Benque
production: Maïa Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma, Pyramide Productions, Baya Films, Les Productions JMH, ENTV, Gimages Développement, Canal+ (FR)
backing: Centre National de la Cinématographie, Ministère de la Culture FR, Région Ile-de-France
distributor: Pyramide Distribution

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