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“L’armee du crime” starring Horatiu Malaele presented in Cannes

Horatiu Malaele is in the cast of “L’armee du crime,” a long film presented off competition at the Cannes Film Festival, telling a story of a group of Communist Jews coming from Romania, Hungary, Armenia and Poland, who have gathered in Nazi-occupied Paris.

With “L’armee du crime,” presented outside the competition, French filmmaker Robert Guediguian brought a subject he was deeply fond of to the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival: that of Communist Jews from Armenia, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Italy and Spain, who tried to organize a resistance group in Paris, during the Nazi occupation. The protagonists of the film are played by Simon Abkarian, Virginie Ledoyen, Robinson Stevenin, Ariane Ascaride and Jean-Pierre Darousin. Horatiu Malaele performs a supporting role in this film, that of a Frenchman, and the character Patriciu is performed by a Georgian actor, Georges Babluani. The group “L’armee de crime” was organized around the Armenian poet and writer Missak Manouchian and included young Jews under 20 who clandestinely struggled for the freedom of France, harassing Nazis and collaborationists. On February 22, 1944, 22 members of this group were convicted to death. One of them was the Bessarabian Olga Bancic.

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