The Source (2011 film)

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The Source
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRadu Mihăileanu
Produced byLuc Besson
Radu Mihăileanu
Written byAlain-Michel Blanc
Radu Mihăileanu
StarringLeïla Bekhti
Hafsia Herzi
Music byArmand Amar
CinematographyGlynn Speeckaert
Edited byLudo Troch
Elzevir Films
Oï Oï Oï Productions
Distributed byEuropaCorp Distribution
Release date
  • 21 May 2011 (2011-05-21) (Cannes)
  • 2 November 2011 (2011-11-02) (France)
Running time
135 minutes
Budget$7.9 million[1]
Box office$4.6 million[2]

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.[3]


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


Cast and crew at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of the film


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.[4]


The Source premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on 21 May.[3] EuropaCorp Distribution released it in France on 2 November 2011.[5]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or Nominated
César Award Best Actress Leïla Bekhti Nominated
Best Costume Design Viorica Petrovici Nominated
Globes de Cristal Award Best Actress Leïla Bekhti Nominated


  1. ^ "La Source des femmes". JP's Box-Office.
  2. ^ "La source des femmes". Box Office Mojo.
  3. ^ a b "Horaires 2011" (PDF). (in French). Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
  4. ^ Lemercier, Fabien (5 May 2011). "The Source shines in EuropaCorp's line-up". Cineuropa. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  5. ^ "La Source des femmes". AlloCiné (in French). Tiger Global. Retrieved 5 May 2011.

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