FAR FROM MEN (French: Loin des hommes) is an upcoming French drama film directed by David Oelhoffen, based on a short story The Guest by Albert Camus. It stars Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises) as a reclusive teacher who helps a villager accused of murder (Reda Kateb, A Prophet) escape into the mountains during the Algerian War.
The film has been selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival, and also scheduled to be screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF 2014).
The year is 1954, the Algerian War is beginning, and village schoolteacher Daru (Mortensen), who formerly served with the French army, is caught in the crossfire. Born in Algeria but Spanish by lineage, he’s a man out of time and place, perceived as alien by ethnic Algerians and their French colonizers alike. When Daru is ordered to escort a dissident named Mohamed (Kateb) to a regional police garrison, he’s prompted to question where his loyalties truly lie. That inquiry becomes all the more pointed as rebels and soldiers begin to clash, forcing Daru and his captive to form a tenuous alliance as they flee through the treacherous, wintry Atlas mountains.
- via uniFrance