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A Feature film by Raoul Servais

Release in France : 21/02/1996

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Production and distribution (3)

Co-production :

Les Productions Dussart

Film exports/foreign sales :

StudioCanal Films Limited

Foreign production company :

Iblis Films

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Jan, a young prince, moves into a luxury seaside hotel out of season to study for his exams. Under the guidance of Mr. Bonze, his etiquette-obsessed tutor, the little prince gets bored. Though warned against it, he is drawn to the lighthouse at the end of the beach. Karol, the lighthouse keeper, is a curious old misanthrope who takes care of injured birds. The old man and the boy gradually tame each other. Karol opens Jan's eyes to the world of dreams and imagination by introducing him to a mysterious, timeless world of Taxandria.


"Although normally photographed films and animated films are distinctly different both in the way they operate and in their basis principles, they are nevertheless periodically subject to mutual infiltrations and interferences. For the last two decades my interest has been focused on these undelineated boundaries, this no-man's-land of film-making. "Harpya" was the first tangible result. Its successor, the full lenght film "Taxandria", makes use of high-definition digitalisation to unite the two families of the moving image in a perfect marriage. But "Taxandria" is also, perhaps first and foremost, a clarion call for freedom of speech and tolerance !"

(Raoul Servais)

Full credits (9)

Line Producer :

Dominique Standaert

Co-producer :

Bertrand Dussart

Sound Recordist :

Philippe Vandendriessche

Editor :

Chantal Hymans

Music Composer :

Kim Bullard

Screenwriters :

Raoul Servais, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Frank Daniel

Directors of Photography :

Walther Vanden Ende, Gilberto Azevedo

Press Attaché (film) :

Marie Queysanne

Production Designers :

Yvan Bruyère, Hubert Pouille

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Feature film

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Belgium, Germany

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Minority French (Belgium, Germany)

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Runtime :

1 h 25 min

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