Nominated for 5 Israeli Ophir Academy Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay & Best Actress


Lexington (KY) Jewish Film Series (2012)
Los Angeles Sephardic Jewish Film Festival (2010)
Rutgers New Jersey Jewish Film Festival ( 2010)
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (2010)
No Va International Jewish Film Festival (2010)
Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival (2010)

Contra Costa Jewish Film Festival (2010)
Washington Jewish Film Festival (2009)
Vancouver Jewish Film Festival (2009)
Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema (2009)
Jacob Burns Westchester Jewish Film Festival (2009)
Toronto Jewish Film Festival (2009)
Berlin Jewish Film Festival (2009)
New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival (2009)
Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (2009)
Cinemania French Film Festival (2009)
Jewishfilm.2009 NCJF’s 12th Annual Festival
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival (2008)


In the early 1970s, the Maimons, a rambunctious but tight knit Tunisian-Israeli family, settle in Paris seeking adventure and fortune. Felix (Gad Elmaleh), Mireille (Yael Abecassis) and their two young sons rely on each other, especially when Felix’s minor crimes escalate to bank robbery after he meets Serge (Richard Berry), a local Jewish gangster. Eleven-year-old Michael, who always thought of his father as a “superhero,” discovers that maybe his definition of hero needs to change.

Drawing on events and characters from his own childhood for this unusual coming of age story, Israeli-French filmmaker Marco Carmel offers tender emotional portraits of a son whose allegiance to his father is tested and of a fiercely protective mother trying to shield her children from the truth.

“This is my story. It’s my point of view, the way I saw things, how I felt them,” explains writer/director Carmel. “I wanted to tell events that took place in my childhood and really shook me. A world of fantasies that enabled us to escape from reality. Because of bad decisions my dad made, we entered a world that was a bit abrupt. He went to jail and my family found itself alone.” Read the full interview. (PDF)

Father's Footsteps stars French-Moroccan Jewish actor/comedian Gad Elmaleh as the charming Felix, whose missteps threaten his family’s future. An actor, humorist, writer and director, Elmaleh’s celebrity grows with each project. He appears regularly in French television and film and has written and performed in several hit one-man shows. In 2007 he was voted "la personnalité la plus drôle de France" (The Funniest Person in France). Elmaleh’s directorial film debut, Coco, has been one of France’s biggest box office hits of 2009. Father's Footsteps also stars the radiant Yaël Abecassis (Shiva, Live and Become, Kadosh) and veteran French film, television and theater actor Richard Berry.


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Watch the trailer (in French; NCJF materials have English subtitles)

For more on Gad Elmaleh, read a recent story in the Jewish Daily Forward

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Father's Footsteps
Comme Ton Pére

France/Israel, 2007, 95 minutes, color
French & Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Marco Carmel

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Public Exhibition formats: Beta, DVD





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