Director, producer, and screen-writer Alexandre Arcady, born in 1947 in Algiers, has dedicated his life’s work to the theater and film. Getting his start as director of the Theater of Suresnes, France, he then launched his career in cinema, producing a film by his wife, Diane Kurys called Diabolo Menthe, a story about adolescence.
In 1979 he directed his first feature length film, Le Coup de Sirocco, the first of a successful trilogy, followed by Le Grand Pardon I and Le Grand Pardon II. In Le Coup de Sirocco with Roger Hanin and Patrick Bruel, we see a film whose inspiration is a very personal one, about the immigration of the lower-middle class “pied-noir” (black feet, the name given to Algerians of European origin) at the time of repatriation (after the independence of Algeria in 1962). On the other hand, Le Grand Pardon takes us into the heart of the Jewish mafia. As he comes from a family that was “repatriated” to France from Algeria, he has strong ties to his roots as… read more