Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Hamid Saïdji, Jonathan Mason

Country: Algeria, France, Lebanon
Language: Arabic, French, Italian
Subtitles: English
Original Title: L’ÉCHAPPÉE

Running Time: 20min
Film Year: 2016
Category: Short Competition

A kaleidoscopic journey through the streets of Algiers in Hocine Filali’s ramshackle taxi. Hocine is a dreamer. An amateur photographer whose skills are well known from the alleys of the Casbah to the big boulevards downtown, it seems that everyone knows who he is. And for a good story, or a nice bottle of Italian wine, Hocine will take the most amazing portrait for you to hang proudly on your wall. With dreams of setting sail for a better life in Italy, he will first have to break free from the spell of this gritty magical city and its colorful cast of characters.

This film screens as a collection of LOVE IS THE ANSWER VOL.1 Shorts Program.


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Director: Hamid Saïdji, Jonathan Mason
Producer: Claire Mazeau Karoum, Tewfik Rays, Jonathan Mason, Hamid Saïdji
Screenwriter: Hamid Saïdji, Jonathan Mason
Executive Producer: Aslihan Coker

Cinematographer: Hamza Sahraoui
Editor: Jonathan Mason

Cast: Saïd Aït Ali Saïd, Mouni Bouallam, Samir Saidani, Tewfik Rays, Moussa Chikh, Aniss Bosli

Hamid Saïdji, Jonathan Mason

Hamid Saïdji and Jonathan Mason, both originally from France, first collaborated while earning their MFA in film from Columbia Univeristy's School of the Arts. They have worked as musicians, designers, and filmmakers in the US, Europe, and North Africa.