Abdellatif Kechiche

The Secret of the Grain

The Secret of the Grain

The winner of four César awards, including best picture and director, Abdellatif Kechiche’s The Secret of the Grain is a stirring drama about the daily joys and struggles of a bustling French-Arab family. It has the texture of a documentary but a classic, almost Shakespearean structure: when patriarch Slimane acts on his wish to open a portside restaurant specializing in his ex-wife’s couscous and fish, the extended clan’s passions and problems explode, leading to an engrossing, suspenseful climax. With sensitivity and grit, The Secret of the Grain celebrates the role food plays in family life and gets to the core of contemporary immigrant experience.

Film Info

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • High-definition digital master, approved by director Abdellatif Kechiche, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video interview with Kechiche
  • Sueur, Kechiche’s extended reedit of the climactic belly-dancing sequence, featuring a new video introduction by the director
  • New video interview with film scholar Ludovic Cortade
  • Excerpt from a 20 heures television interview with Kechiche and actress Hafsia Herzi
  • Video interviews with Herzi, actress Bouraouïa Marzouk, and the film’s musicians
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Wesley Morris
    New cover by Luba Lukova

Purchase Options

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • High-definition digital master, approved by director Abdellatif Kechiche, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video interview with Kechiche
  • Sueur, Kechiche’s extended reedit of the climactic belly-dancing sequence, featuring a new video introduction by the director
  • New video interview with film scholar Ludovic Cortade
  • Excerpt from a 20 heures television interview with Kechiche and actress Hafsia Herzi
  • Video interviews with Herzi, actress Bouraouïa Marzouk, and the film’s musicians
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Wesley Morris
    New cover by Luba Lukova

The Secret of the Grain
Cast
Habib Boufares
Slimane
Hafsia Herzi
Rym
Faridah Benkhetache
Karima
Abdelhamid Aktouche
Hamid
Alice Houri
Julia
Bouraouïa Marzouk
Souad
Cyril Favre
Sergueï
Leïla D’issernio
Lilia
Sami Zitouni
Majid
Credits
Director
Abdellatif Kechiche
Original scenario
Abdellatif Kechiche
Adaptation and dialogue
Abdellatif Kechiche
Adaptation and dialogue
Ghalya Lacroix
Producer
Claude Berri
Executive producer
Pierre Grunstein
Associate producer
Nathalie Rheims
Production and postproduction manager
Benoît Pilot
Cinematography
Lubomir Bakchev
Sound engineer
Nicolas Waschkowski
Sound mixer
Jean-Paul Hurier
Editing
Ghalya Lacroix
Editing
Camille Toubkis
Production design
Benoît Barouh

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