Close Enemies – IFFAM – 3rd International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

Close Enemies
France | 2018 | 111’ | DCP | Colour | French | Group: C

Director: David Oelhoffen

An introduction of the film will be given by film delegation before the film screening

2018/12/10 21:30 Cinematheque‧Passion


Born and raised in a suburb ridden by drug trafficking, Driss and Manuel were like brothers. As adults, they have gone down exactly the opposite path: Manuel chose to embrace this thug life, while Driss completely rejected it and became a cop. When Manuel’s biggest deal goes terribly wrong, the two men meet again and come to realize they both need each other to survive in their worlds. Between betrayals and resentments, and despite their hatred, they renew deep ties around the one thing they have left in common: their visceral commitment to the place of their childhood.


David Oelhoffen

Born in France in 1968, David Oelhoffen made his first short film The Wall (Le Mur) in 1996 followed by four more shorts before making his first feature In Your Wake (Nos Retrouvailles) in 2007. In Your Wake starred Jacques Gamblin and was selected for Critics Week at Cannes in 2006, while his second film Far From Men (Loin Des Hommes) (2014) starring Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb was selected for competition at the Venice Film Festival, followed by a Special Presentation slot at Toronto. His third feature Close Enemies (Freres Ennemis) had its world premiere in competition at Venice in September this year.


Director David Oelhoffen

Cast Matthias Schoenaerts, Reda Kateb, Abel Bencherif, Sofiane Zermani, Nicolas Giraud

Scriptwriter David Oelhoffen, Jeanne Aptekman

Cinematographer Guillaume Deffontaines

Editor Anne-Sophie Bion

Production Designer Stéphane Taillasson


Costumes Anne-Sophie Gledhill

Producers Marc du Pontavice

Production One World Films


World Sales BAC Films Distribution