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City of Joy

City of Joy

A Feature film by Roland Joffé

Produced by Pricel

Release in France : 30/09/1992

    Synopsis

    Whatever is not given is lost. (Indian proverb) Few places in the world swarm like Calcutta, with its three thousand shanty towns, its fifty thousand rickshaw pullers, its hundreds of bazaars, its eleven million inhabitants. A peasant named Hasari Pal, forced to abandon his drought-parched plot of land, drifts one day into this mirage of a city. At that very moment, on the other side of the planet, a little girl's heart stops beating on an operation table in a Houston hospital. The young surgeon, Max Lowe, is so traumatized by the tragedy that he dicides to abadon his career. He leaves for India, hoping to reconcile himself to his fate and find a meaning to life. His wanderings take him by chance to the teeming streets of Calcutta. One evening he is involved in a fight, and is left for dead on a disreputable road near the sidewalk where Hasari and his family have set up home. On hearing his cries, Hasari runs to help the wounded man. Max and Hasari soon find themselves in a little clinic set up in the center of an overpopulated shanty town, paradoxically named the "City of Joy"...

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    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Pricel

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Majestic Films et Television

    Foreign production company :

    Lightmotive ltd

    French distribution :

    Pathé Distribution

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    Full credits (8)

    Author of original work :

    Dominique Lapierre

    Director of Photography :

    Peter Biziou

    Editors :

    Gerry Hambling, Hervé de Luze

    Music Composer :

    Ennio Morricone

    Screenwriters :

    Mark Medoff, Gérard Brach

    Sound Recordist :

    Daniel Brisseau

    Production Designer :

    Roy Walker

    Costume designer :

    Judy Moorcroft

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    English

    Coproducer countries :

    Great Britain, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (Great Britain, France)

    Production year :

    1992

    French release :

    30/09/1992

    Runtime :

    2 h 15 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    76016

    Visa issue date :

    25/09/1992

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Posters (1)

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