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Port Djema

A Feature film by Éric Heumann

Produced by Paradis Films

Release in France : 23/04/1997

    Synopsis

    When Pierre Feldman, a Paris surgeon, arrives in Port Djema, one of France's former flyspeck colonies in East Africa, he knows nothing about the brutal civil war between the Assad nomads and the ruling clan that is tearing the country apart. He has come to fulfil a promise that he made to Antoine Barrasse, a friend of his who was found murdered in Port Djema. Antoine was a doctor, like Pierre. He use to run a dispensary in the heart of rebel country, deep inside what is now a forbidden zone.

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Paradis Films

    Foreign production companies :

    Theo Angelopoulos Production, Classic S.R.L.

    French distribution :

    AFMD

    Co-productions :

    La Générale d'images, Orly Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Roissy Films

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    International releases (8)

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    Subject

    After years of relief work in the field, experiencing the world and its misery as a member of humanitarian organizations, there comes a time when you no longer know where you're heading. You skim over the misfortunes of others at top speed without even stopping. One cause replaces another, one form of suffering erases another. I felt the need to take a break. To step back and look. To use film to transmit some of the questions born of my contact with the world's wounds. Commitment? But to what extent? How do the people to whom we have given the role of victim see our way of playing the white-coated saviours? Why do we commit ourselves? The objectivity created by fiction was essential in my attempts to

    answer those questions. (Jacques Lebas, screenwriter)

    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producer :

    Marc Soustras

    Director of Photography :

    Yorgos Arvanitis

    Sound assistant :

    Colette Constantini

    Editor :

    Isabelle Dedieu

    Music Composer :

    Sanjay Mishra

    Sales Agent :

    Raphaël Berdugo

    Screenwriters :

    Éric Heumann, Jacques Lebas

    Sound recordists :

    François Waledisch, Christophe Winding, Claude Villand, Bernard Leroux

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Eva Simonet

    Production Designers :

    Danka Semenowicz, Yves Bernard

    Costume designer :

    Valérie Delafosse

    Still Photographer :

    Florence Dugowson

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    Italy, Greece, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (Italy, Greece, France)

    Production year :

    1996

    French release :

    23/04/1997

    Runtime :

    1 h 35 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    86.597

    Visa issue date :

    24/02/1997

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD

    Director

    Festival Selections (3)

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)

    Selection

    Out of Competition

    Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1997

    Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1997)

    Selection

    Feature Films

    Berlin International Film Festival - 1997

    Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1997)

    Selection

    Official Competition

    Awards

    Berlin International Film Festival - 1997

    Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1997)

    Awards

    Silver Bear for Best Director : Éric Heumann

    Delegations