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When the Stars Meet the Sea

A Feature film by Raymond Rajaonarivelo

Produced by JLA - Jacques Le Glou Audiovisuel

Release in France : 25/12/1996

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Actors (5)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

JLA - Jacques Le Glou Audiovisuel

Film exports/foreign sales :

Mercure Distribution

Co-productions :

Arte France Cinéma, Canal+ Horizons

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According to a Madagascan belief, when a child is born an eclipse of sun's day, he is possessing an incredible strength of destruction. In order to prevent him from destroying his fellow men, he has to suffer the cattle pen's ordeal. One woman will rescue him from death and therefore will change his destiny. From the malediction of his birth he will keep during all his life the infirmity which gave his name, "Kapila" the lame, and also a special power which noboby controls not even himself. "Kapila" will live.


"Madagascans don't believe in coincidence..."Image" is an anagram for "Magie" and the "magic of the image" brings art to the image through the worship of dream. And what artistic image from the depths of time is not a calling ? Seeking not only to enchant the universe with pleasure but also to break free. In this film "magic" reigns while man depends on mysterious forces which crush him. "Image" takes hold from the moment he has sufficient power over space, time, nature, the body and his desires, and no longer lives in dread. And when one has seen night come down over the high Madagascan plateaux, and the ochre plain glinting with the myriad mirrors of the yet unsown rice-paddies, at that moment when the dust-laden air shot through with the dying rays of the sun cloaks the mountains and the shadow of the man walking there stretches to the horizon, how can one not believe in the force of ancestry ? Ancestors who have the power to bring the stars down to the sea."

(Raymond Rajaonarivelo)

Full credits (10)

Executive Producer :

Jacques Le Glou

Screenwriters :

Raymond Rajaonarivelo, Santiago Amigorena

Sound Recordist :

Jean-Pierre Houel

Editor :

Nathalie Hubert

Music Composer :

Manu Katché

Assistant Director :

Alain Olivieri

Director of Photography :

Bruno Privat

Press Attachés (film) :

Thierry Lenouvel, Isabelle Buron

Production Designer :

Vincent Mateu

French distributor :

Amel Lacombe

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Feature film

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 27 min

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Festival Selections (2)

Cairo - International Film Festival - 1996

Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1996)


Out of Competition