He dies in Cannes a few hours before the presentation of his film

The actor and director Ahmed Benaissa, considers with me a great figure of Algerian theater and cinema, who starred in the film “Goutte d’Or” present in Cannes, died at the age of 78, announces the Algerian Ministry of Culture.

During a career of 50 years, made in 1971, he had played in more than 120 films including Algerian productions noticed internationally such as “Papicha”, “Le sang des loups”, “From Hollywood to Tamanrasset” or “Outlaw”.

In a message to the family of the deceased published Friday on Facebook, the Minister of Culture and the Arts, Soraya Mouloudji, regretted the loss of a “monument” of Algerian culture which will leave “an indelible imprint in the world of cinema and Algerian theatre”.

He died sold in Cannes, before the screening of the film “Goutte d’or” by Clément Cogitore, in front of the critics’ week.

“Devastated by a malaise”, he will be repatriated and buried in Algeria, according to his son, indicated the official Algerian agency APS.

The famous Algerian writer Kamel Daoud produced a strong tribute on Twitter: “a beautiful soul, a great actor, a man without hatred and immense talent”, providing that Ahmed Benaissa participates in the “shooting of the film + Meursault tale investigation + ( inspired by the eponymous novel by M. Daoud, editor’s note) for one of the two main roles”.

Born in 1944 in Algiers, Ahmed Benaïssa had one of the richest careers in Algerian theater and cinema, collaborating with many directors such as Merzak Allouache and Rachid Bouchareb.

Actor recognized for his exceptional talent, he had led many projects on the stage of the theater in Algiers and Oran (west).

Ahmed Benaissa had also directed in 1995 the regional theater of Sidi Bel Abbes, not far from Oran, during the very difficult period of the dark decade, the civil war which ascended the country between 1992 and 2002.

The actor appeared very regularly in productions for Algerian and French television.

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