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The Elephant Master

The Elephant Master

A Feature film by Patrick Grandperret

Produced by Ciby 2000

Release in France : 20/12/1995

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Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Ciby 2000

Foreign production company :

El Deseo

French distribution :

Ciby Distribution

Co-productions :

Emael Films, TF1 Films Production

Film exports/foreign sales :

TF1 International

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When his mother dies, Martin, 12, leaves France for Africa to live with his father whom he doesn't know. The latter, head of a game reserve, welcomes him coldly. He seems more concerned by the unexplained absence of elephants from the reserve than by his son's arrival. With Fofana and Victor, his new friends, Martin discovers African life and partakes in a great adventure that leads him to a reconciliation with his father.


"Black Africa has been exploited mercilessly to relinquish its secrets to the whims of the big screen. Today's African film festivals and directors have cast aside the clichés to give it a new identity. Patrick Grandperret tackles this with the sensibility of a white man in love with Africa and so makes it even more familiar to us. (...) He returns Africa to its open spaces, its contradictions, its mysteries, leaving the audience to discover its differences like a child. The sobriety of Jacques Dutronc is in tune with Patrick Grandperret's modesty : both men let Africa come to the fore."
(Sophie Chemineau - La tribune Desfossés)

Full credits (18)

Assistant Director :

Alain Artur

Line Producers :

Joël Phiri, Bassek Ba Kobhio

Co-producer :

Patrick Grandperret

Sound recordists :

Pascal Armant, Jeremy West

Press Attachés (film) :

Dominique Segall, Myriam Bruguière

Sound Editor :

Olivier Ducastel

Continuity supervisor :

Olivia Bruynoghe

Music Composers :

Steve Shehan, Georges Rodi

Sound Mixer :

Bruno Tarrière

Author of original work :

René Guillot

Screenwriters :

Patrick Grandperret, Saskia Cohen-Tanugi, Alain Artur

Director of Photography :

Pierre David

Production Manager :

Phillip Kenny

Editor :

Dominique Galliéni

Assistant editor :

Sylvie Lenfant

Production Designer :

Nikos Meletopoulos

Costume designer :

Annie Touquet

Still Photographers :

Moune Jamet, Alexandre Degre, Jean-Marie Leroy

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Feature film

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Spain, France

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Majority French (Spain, France)

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1 h 35 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections

Berlin International Film Festival - 1996

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1996)


14plus - Films for young people from 14 years of age