The Last Days of R.M.
R.M., an Algerian writer in his fifties, is threatened with death in Algeria in the 1990s. Out of fear, he decides to go into exile in the suburbs of Paris. Far from his wife and son, he continues to feel the anguish of the life of a hunted man, along with a dull melancholy.
F-Z, an old writer friend living in Paris, finds R.M. and tries to burst him out of his bubble with little success. Encounters with other intellectuals return him to the position of a writer who has chosen to hide rather than remain in the battle.
As R.M. locks himself away in solitude, he is plagued daily by pain. He is ill and has little time remaining. This injustice pushes him into denial and he sinks into madness, paranoia and the meanderings of his imagination, where characters from his novels appear.
This project gathers together several themes that are dear to me. First, the 1990s—those years of terrorism my country of Algeria lived through. Next, the destiny of intellectuals—writers, journalists, doctors and others—who were targeted during the Algerian Civil War and who, after receiving explicit death threats, were targeted for summary assassination. The opacity of the claims against these unfortunates, and the efficiency of the murderers, created a psychosis among the majority of these mainly French-speaking men and women. Several of them managed to get out before it was too late, and thus experienced exile and the sense of becoming useless—or perhaps they had always been so?
Born in 1982, Amin Sidi-Boumédiène graduated in 2005 from the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français. His first short film, Tomorrow, Algiers? was selected for many festivals around the world. Al Djazira, his second short, won the Best Film Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2012. In 2014, he made the short Serial K., which was screened at the Journées Cinématographiques de Béjaia. His debut feature-length film, Abou Leila, was selected for the Semaine de la Critique at the Festival de Cannes in 2019 and was released in France in July 2020.
Founded in 2015 by Louise Bellicaud and Claire Charles-Gervais and based in La Rochelle, In Vivo Films is an art-house production company that supports and accompanies talent from around the world. The company's productions include Nathan Silver's Thirst Street (2017), a selection of the Tribeca and Venice Film Festivals; Amin Sidi-Boumédiène's Abou Leila (2019), which was presented in the Semaine de la Critique at the Festival de Cannes in 2019; and Jorge Thielen-Armand's Fortitude (2020), which played in the Official Competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2020. In addition to international co-productions, the company is currently developing France-based feature film projects.
€2 257 120
Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine, CNC-Aide à la diversité, Procirep/Angoa
January, February 2023, Paris and Parisian Region, France, Algiers, Algeria
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