Inspired by the legend of the seven sleepers, Youcef tells the story of a soldier wounded in the head in 1960 and who escapes from a psychiatric hospital. He is convinced that he is still a prisoner of the French army. –evene
Born in Mostaganem, September 3, 1943, he was eleven years old in 1954 when the war began in Algeria. In 1962, independence was proclaimed. In his hometown, Mohamed Chouikh became an actor in a drama group which later became the Algerian National Theatre. In 1965, he played a part in one of the first major achievements in Algeria, Dawn of the damned by René Vautier Rachedi Ahmed. A year later, he played the role of Lakhdar (the son) in the Aures Wind by Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina. The film won the prize for Best First Film at Cannes. In 1969 he went onto star in another Algerian classic Tewfik Fares’ Hors La Loi.
1972 was a milestone for Chouikh: in addition to his acting career, he began to write, and directed two television films the Mouth (1972) and Palms (1974). In 1983 Chouikh directed his first feature film Rupture a film he considers, in hindsight, as a creation of research. In 1989, he directed his second feature the Citadel.This tragic farce about the loneliness of some… read more