The Source (2011 film)

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The Source
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Radu Mihăileanu
Produced by Luc Besson
Radu Mihăileanu
Written by Alain-Michel Blanc
Radu Mihăileanu
Screenplay by Radu Mihaileanu
Alain-Michel Blanc
Starring Leïla Bekhti
Hafsia Herzi
Music by Armand Amar
Cinematography Glynn Speeckaert
Edited by Ludo Troch
Elzevir Films
Oï Oï Oï Productions
Distributed by EuropaCorp Distribution
Release dates
  • 21 May 2011 (2011-05-21) (Cannes)
  • 2 November 2011 (2011-11-02) (France)
Running time
135 minutes
Country France, Belgium, Italy
Language French, Arabic
Budget € 7.99 million
Cast and crew at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of the film

The Source (French: La Source des femmes) is a 2011 French drama-comedy film directed by Radu Mihăileanu, starring Leïla Bekhti and Hafsia Herzi. It premiered In Competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


Set in a remote village in North Africa, the story does focus on women who go on a sex strike against having to fetch water from a distant well.



The film was produced by France's Elzevir Films and Oï Oï Oï Productions, in co-production with France 3 Cinéma and EuropaCorp. Other than the 64% French investment, Belgian companies contributed 14%, Italian 12% and Moroccan 10%. It was pre-bought by Canal+ and CinéCinéma and received support from Eurimages. The total budget was 7.99 million euro.[2]


The Source premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on 21 May.[1] EuropaCorp Distribution released it in France on 2 November 2011.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Horaires 2011" (PDF). (in French). Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  2. ^ Lemercier, Fabien (2011-05-05). "The Source shines in EuropaCorp's line-up". Cineuropa. Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  3. ^ "La Source des femmes". AlloCiné (in French). Tiger Global. Retrieved 2011-05-05. 

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