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The Temple Woods Gang

Le gang des bois du temple

Original name: Le gang des bois du temple
English name: The Temple Woods Gang
Year: 2022
Run time: 114 mins
Language: French, English
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: France
Director: Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche
Producers: Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche
Cast: Régis Laroche, Philippe Petit, Marie Loustalot, Kenji Meunier, Salim Ameur-Zaïmeche, Slimane Dazi
Screenplay: Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche
Cinematographer: Pierre-Hubert Martin
Editor: Grégoire Pontacaille
Sound Designer: Nikolas Javelle
Production Company: Sarrazink Productions
World Sales: Reason 8 Films


  • Berlinale 2023
  • Festival international du film indépendant de Bordeaux 2022

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2015 The Story Of Judas
  • 2011 The Smugglers’ Songs
  • 2008 Adhen
  • 2006 Back Home
  • 2001 Wesh, Wesh, What’s Going On?

Director's Biography:

Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche

Born in 1966 in Algeria, Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche arrived in France in 1968. He grew up in the Bosquets council estate in Montfermeil (Seine-St-Denis). After studying human sciences, he founded Sarrazink Productions in 1999. Since then, he has produced and directed seven films. His first film, Wesh wesh, What’s Going on? (2001) won the Louis-Delluc Prize, and he received the Youth Prize at the Cannes FF for his second film, Back Home (2006). His following films proved very successful around festivals: Locarno in 2011 for The Smugglers’ Songs (Jean-Vigo Prize 2012) and Berlinale in 2015 for The Story of Judas. He won the FIFIB Grand Prix for South Terminal in 2019.


A retired military man lives in the Temple Woods housing project. Just as he's burying his mother, his neighbour Bébé, who belongs to a gang of robbers from the area, is preparing to rob the convoy of a wealthy Arab prince.