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OPERATION CASABLANCA

by Laurent Nègre

synopsis

One day, Saadi finally snaps. His boss has mistreated him one time too many. But when the young dishwasher, a North African illegal immigrant dares to protest, he is summarily fired. Leaving the rundown hotel in the outskirts of Geneva, on foot and with all his belongings in a shoulder bag, he becomes entangled in a terrorist group's attempt to kidnap the Secretary-General of the United Nations and is surrounded by a SWAT team battalion who has mistaken him for one of the Arab criminals. With both the terrorists and the police gunning for him, desperate to keep from going under in this vortex of insanity, Saadi has no choice but to play along with the fundamentalists and try to find his own piece of heaven.

international title: Operation Casablanca
original title: Opération Casablanca
country: Switzerland, Canada, France
sales agent: The Yellow Affair
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Laurent Nègre
film run: 90'
release date: CH 09/11/2011
screenplay: Laurent Nègre
cast: Tarik Bakhari, Elodie Yung, Gilles Tschudi, Zinedine Soualem, Jean-Luc Bideau, Julieta Serrano, Antoine Basler, Émile Proulx-Cloutier, Yoshi Oïda, Hicham Nazzal
cinematography by: Yves Bélanger
film editing: Julien Sulser, Jean-Paul Cardinaux, Xavier Ruiz
art director: Sébastian Birchler
costumes designer: Nicole Ferrari
music: Ramachandra Bocar
producer: Dan Wechsler
production: Bord Cadre, Ex Nihilo, Peacock Film, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse, Lyla Films/Montréal, Telefilm Canada/Montréal
distributor: Columbus Film, Kanibal Distribution
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