Experiencing Interruptions?

A year among the French

1969: Americans walk on the moon. Mehdi, 10, arrives at Lyautey High School. Far from his village of the Atlas, Mehdi thinks to be a member of the working team discovered by an unknown planet: who are these French who live in luxury, immaterial things, speak without shame and show him such an interest ? During a school year animated by a gallery of surprising characters, 'moving story' by a child propelled into a world at odds with that of his family.

  • ARROM Abdelfattah
  • ARROM Abdelfattah
  • ARROM Abdelfattah
  • Saïf ARROM
    Key Cast
  • Antoine CHINIARD
    Key Cast
  • Jeremy Banster
    Key Cast
  • Marie Gaëlle Cals
    Key Cast
  • Marc Samuel
    Key Cast
  • Rachid EL OUALI
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 41 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 22, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    France, Morocco
  • Language:
    Arabic, French
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Tangier National Festival
    March 4, 2019
    official selection
  • Festival Film of Africa Athènes
    April 1, 2019
    Opninig Festival
  • Festival Francophone Athènes
    April 4, 2019
  • EUROPEAN Cinematgraphy Awards
    Finalist EUROPEAN Cinematgraphy Awards
Director Biography - ARROM Abdelfattah

President EMS Group - Paris

Chief Executive Officer DATA Embassy - Marrakech

Managing Director DATA Shore - Marrakech

General Manager Amalif Productions – Marrakech

General Manager XAY Productions - Paris

Bac + 4 computer science at Paul Sabatier University -Toulouse in 84.


• 1985 to 1990: IT Project Manager (Toulouse)
• 1990 to 1996: Independent Consultant in Computer Science (Paris)
• 1996 to date: Business Manager (Paris)
• 2010 to date: Active work in the field of cinema

• 2011 Training at CEFPF (audiovisual training center in Paris):
o Writing - Scenario (5 weeks)
o Realization - Staging (8 weeks)
o Production Manager (8 weeks)

• 2011 Writing, and making a short film "OSMOSE"
• 2013 to 2015 Writing with Mr Ahmed EL MAANOUNI of the feature film "Julie-Aïcha" Ex "Fadma"
• 2015 Producer in France and Morocco of the feature film "Julie-Aïcha"
• 2016 Adaptation and Scenario of Fouad LAROUI's novel "A Year among the French" by JULLIARD Editions.
• 2017-18 Production and Production of "A Year among the French"

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Director Statement

Francais :
Ce que femme veut, Dieu le veut,
L’idée de faire ce film est venue de ma femme.
J’étais en train de finaliser le scénario de mon premier film « FADMA », elle était en train de lire un bouquin. Au moment de se lever pour aller se coucher ; elle m’avait dit « Fattah, voilà ton prochain film, si tu veux faire du cinéma, fais-le», et elle m’a donné le livre…
Lors d’un de mes voyages à Marrakech, je lisais ce fameux roman en diagonale, avant d’être complètement séduit par cette histoire fabuleuse, et l’aventure a démarré.

L’adaptation du livre était particulièrement complexe.
Après plusieurs mois, j’ai pu extraire un traitement brut où le film ferait 3h30. Et comme tout roman bien écrit, il était difficile de le réduire à 1h40 pour le grand écran.
J’espère que j’ai réussi à garder la cohésion entre l’arc dramatique et ses intrigues...
C’était un réel plaisir, bien que ce n’était pas facile d’adapter un LAROUI…

What woman wants, God wants,
The idea of ​​making this film is my wife's place.
I was finalizing the script of my first film "FADMA", she was reading a book. When getting up to go to bed; she told me, "Fattah, here's your next movie, if you want to make movies, do it," and she gave me the book ...
In Marrakech, during my family trips, he is very attractive, this story is fabulous, and the adventure started.

The adaptation of the book was particularly complex.
After several months, I was able to extract a raw treatment where the film would be 3:30. And like any well written novel, it was difficult to reduce to 1:40 for the big screen.
I hope I managed to keep the cohesion between the dramatic arc and its intrigues ...
It was a real pleasure, it was not easy to adapt a LAROUI ...