Bab el Web

A film by Merzak Allouache


Kamel and his brother Bouzid live in Bab el Oued, a working class neighbourhood of Algiers. Kamel is a disillusioned, brooding loner. The more jovial Bouzid is an internet fanatic. He spends all his time in a cybercafé "chatting" with girls all over the world, inviting them, without any illusions, to come to Algeria. One day Laurence, one of his French correspondents, accepts his invitation. She will arrive in Algiers next week. Bouzid is frantic ! How can he receive Laurence in style, when he is penniless and lives with his entire family in a tiny apartment ? Despite himself, Kamel will become his accomplice in organizing the French guest's visit.


Kamel: Samy Nacéri
Bouzid: Faudel
Laurence: Julie Gayet
Hadj-Patte Folle: Hacène Benzerari
Tchouch: Boualem Benani
Wounded woman: Bakhta Benouis
Hadj Miloud: Yacine Mesbah
The mother: Farida Saboundji
Zouina: Sofia Nouacer
Uncle Saïd: Mohamed Ourdache
The TV host: Faouzi Saichi B
Loanna: Naïme Haïne


Director / screenwriter: Merzak Allouache
Original music: Valmont, DJ Abdel
Photography: Antoine Roch
Editing: Sylvie Gadmer
Sets: Sylvie Deldon
Costumes: Laurence Struz
Sound: Olivier Mauvezin, Mourad Louanchi, François Groult
Production manager: Pascal Bonnet
Line producer Algeria: Yacine Djadi
Associate producer: Jean-Marc Henchoz
Executive producer: Pierre Benqué

Production information

A Maïa Films production
In coproduction with Baya Films, France 3 Cinéma, Les Productions JMH, Pyramide Productions, ENTV (Algeria), Gimages Développement
With the participation of Canal Plus, Centre National de la Cinématographie (France), Ministère de la Culture (Algeria)
With the support of Région Ile de France

Technical information

Year of production : 2004
Length : 99 mn


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