Nuit noire, 17 octobre 1961

2005 - TV movies


October 17, 1961 is a forgotten night, erased from French history books. While de Gaulle was preparing to negotiate the end of the Algerian war, the chief of the Paris police, Maurice Papon, ordered the arrest of more than 11,000 Algerians who had been called upon by the FNL to demonstrate peacefully against the daily abuses of the police force and the curfew to which they were subjected. The final death toll of the confrontation was several hundred protesters. The French state remained silent about what was one of the bloodiest raids in the history of France.

October 17, 1961 reveals the truth of this savagery carried out by the highest levels of French authority.


Written by :

Patrick Rotman, François Olivier Rousseau, Alain Tasma 

Producers :

Thomas Anargyros, Edouard de Vésinne

Directors :

Alain Tasma 

Cast :

Clotilde Courau, Florence Thomassin, Vahina Giocante, Ouassini Embarek, Atmen Kelif 

Format :


Broadcasters :

Canal +, France 3 

Partners :

Canal +, France Télévisions, Région Ile-de-France, Fonds d’action et de soutien pour l’intégration et la lutte contre les discriminations - FASIL


Best Film at the 2006 International Emmy Awards in TV Movie/MiniSeries Category
Official Selection at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival
Jury Prize and Special Mention, Capital Focus Award, at the 2006 Washington, D.C. International Film Festival
Trophées du Film Français 2006: Trophée Duo TV Alain Tasma/Thomas Anargyros and Edouard de Vésinne
Grand Prix de la Critique for Best French Fiction 2005 at the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Ceremony Awards.
Grand Prix du Meilleur Scénario de Télévision 2005, awarded at the 2005 FIPA with the support of France 


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