Lettre à la prison

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Lettre à la prison (Letter to Jail)
Directed by Marc Scialom
Produced by Film Flamme Le Sacre Polygone étoilé
Screenplay by Marc Scialom
Starring Tahar Aïbi Marie-Christine Lefort Myriam Tuil
Music by Matar Mohamed
Cinematography Marc Scialom
Edited by Marc Scialom
Release date
  • 1969 (1969)
Running time
70 minutes
Country France

Lettre à la prison is a 1969 French film directed by Marc Scialcom. It was left in a box until 2005, when Scialcom's daughter found it and had it restored.


In 1970, Tahar, a young Tunisian, travels to France for the first time to help his older brother, who is wrongly accused of murder and incarcerated in Paris. He first stops in Marseille, where he meets Tunisians very different from those familiar to him; enigmatic French people; and a strange atmosphere that makes him doubt his brother’s innocence, his own innocence and his own mental integrity.


  • Festival Internacional de Documentales de Marsella, 2008
  • Premio Anno Uno Festival del cinema e delle Arti I Milleocchi, Trieste (Italy), 2012



  • Mila Lazic, Silvia Tarquini, Marc Scialom. Impasse du cinéma. Esilio, memoria, utopia / Exil, mémoire, utopie, Artdigiland, 2012 (it., fr.)
  • Mila Lazic, Silvia Tarquini (sous la direction de), Lettre à la prison de Marc Scialom. Le film manquant à la Nouvelle Vague, Artdigiland, 2013 (fr.)