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SPOTLIGHT

FAR FROM MEN

Directed by David Oelhoffen
FEATURE NARRATIVE 102 Minutes US Premiere
FILM GUIDE FAR FROM MEN
Algeria, 1954. Former French Army soldier Daru (Viggo Mortensen) is attempting to lead a quiet life as a schoolteacher in a small mountainous town at the onset of the Algerian War of Independence. But when he is tasked with transporting an Algerian dissident (Reda Kateb) to a nearby city to stand trial, Daru finds his peaceful existence disrupted by the ensuing chaos that surrounds his village.

Grounded by Mortensen’s fiercely understated French-language performance, a score by neo-Western masters Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, and the beautifully stark backdrop of Algeria’s mountain ranges, director David Oelhoffen transplants a classic western tale into an unstable warzone to tell the story of one man’s sense of personal duty in light of the realities of the world around him.

—Genna Terranova
Drama
About the Director(s)
Born in France, David Oelhoffen has directed the short films Le mur, Big Bang, En mon absence, Echafaudages, and Sous le bleu, and the feature In Your Wake.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight
  • Year:
    2015
  • Length:
    102 minutes
  • Language:
    French
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    US
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Screenwriter:
    David Oelhoffen
  • Producer:
    Marc Du Pontavice, Matthew Gledhill
  • Cinematographer:
    Guillaume Deffontaines
  • Cast:
    Viggo Mortensen, Reda Kateb
  • Editor:
    Juliette Welfling
  • Co-Producer:
    Viggo Mortensen, Olivier Charvet
  • Director:
    David Oelhoffen
  • Composer:
    Nick Cave, Warren Ellis

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