Official Press Release

The Algerian…is a film with a message, a compelling story and…definitely worth seeing” David Keene The Washington Times

‎”‎…an inspiring and gripping film…The Algerian‎ is an important call for sorely needed cultural dialogue”
Bob Cesca The Huffington Post

‎”The Algerian‎ is…a compelling and well-acted international political thriller…that leaves you with something to think about.”
Briege McGarrity Independent Film Quarterly Magazine
Middle-Eastern culture collides dramatically with American ideologies in Director Giovanni Zelko’s award winning international political thriller The Algerian‎. Shot in Algeria, New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, this timely film has won a total of 19 awards in the festival circuit including Best Picture, Best Director, Audience Choice Award, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Stunts and the Grand Prize International Vision Award and Special Jury Award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. It has also been nominated for the following additional awards: Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Harry Lennix twice and Said Faraj once); Best Supporting Actress (Tara Holt); Best Editing; and Best Breakout Action Star (Ben Youcef). It was also the official selection of this year’s prestigious Montreal World Film Festival.

Algerian-born star, Ben Youcef (Best Actor, 2015 London Filmmaker Festival, Best Actor-2014 Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles), delivers an engaging performance as Ali—a conflicted man caught up in a deadly international conspiracy with global repercussions. The multi-layered plot revolves around the history and politics of our post 9-11world as well as the current turmoil of the Middle East to deliver a powerful message of coexistence and tolerance. The film is haunting especially with its provocative surprise ending that keeps audiences buzzing.

Recipient of the Independent Film Quarterly Magazine “Best Director” award, the Los Angeles New Wave “Best Editing” award, the AOF “Best Screenplay-Dialogue” award, and sharing the L.A. Downtown “Best Cinematography” and “Best Picture” awards for his work on The Algerian, maverick filmmaker Giovanni Zelko (Writer/Director/Editor/Executive Producer/Cinematographer/Actor) delivers this timely international film with powerful performances by an
all-star cast. The award winning and nominated cast includes leading man Ben Youcef (Munich), the talented Candice Coke (Temptation), renowned actor Harry Lennix (Man of Steel, Ray, Matrix 2), as well as solid performances by Josh Pence (The Social Network), Tara Holt (Californication), Said Faraj (Green Zone), Sharon Ferguson (Quarantine), Zuhair Haddad (Pursuit of Happiness), Alicia Mitchell (The Dark Son), Steve Marvel (Mr. Sophistication), and Oscar nominated actor, Mr. Seymour Cassel (Rushmore/Indecent Proposal/Faces).

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