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Crazy Stranger

Crazy Stranger

A Feature film by Tony Gatlif

Produced by Princes Films

Release in France : 08/04/1998

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Actors (4)

Production and distribution (3)

Executive Producer :

Princes Films

French distribution :

AFMD

Film exports/foreign sales :

Océan Films Distribution

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Synopsis

Stéphane, a young Frenchman, is travelling through Romania in search of an unknown singer by the name of Nora Luca. In the dead of night, half frozen by the wind and snow, Stéphane arrives in a deserted village. He meets Isidore, an elderly Gypsy who befriends him. Stéphane plays Isidore his tape of Nora Luca singing. The old man takes him to his home. Stéphane becomes an honoured guest and is adopted by the whole village. Sabrina, the wildest and freest of the village women, speaks French from having once lived in Belgium. She interprets for him. Thanks to her and Isidore, Stéphane tracks down a band of Gypsy musicians and records them. But his greatest find is Sabrina herself, her fiery temperament, her passion and sensuality and total freedom. Through his search for Nora Luca, and the spiritual quest for his father that inspired it, he discovers love, a new family and a whole new culture.

Subject

I wanted to make a free film, an anarchist’s film, and I think it’s actually my most accomplished movie — not in terms of pictures on the screen, but in terms of sincerity. The poetry in it comes from real life. In looking for that truth, that sincerity, I chanced upon that poetry of the real. “Gadjo Dilo” is the last part of my trilogy about the Gypsies, after “Les Princes” and “Latcho Drom”. I wanted to let myself go and say everything.

Tony Gatlif

Full credits (14)

Executive Producer :

Tony Gatlif

Director of Photography :

Éric Guichard

Production Manager :

Doru Mitran

Editor :

Monique Dartonne

Assistant editor :

Nadine Verdier

Music Composer :

Tony Gatlif

Costume designer :

Mihaela Ularu

Screenwriters :

Tony Gatlif, Kits Hilaire

Sound Recordist :

Nicolas Naegelen

Press Attaché (film) :

Robert Schlockoff

Sound Editor :

Fabrice Servera

Production Designer :

Brigitte Brassart

Singer :

Rona Hartner

Sound Mixer :

Dominique Gaborieau

Technical details

Feature film

Genres :

Fiction

Sub-genre :

Drama

Themes :

Travel, Wandering

Production language :

French, Romani

Original French-language productions :

Unknown

Nationality :

100% French

Production year :

1998

French release :

08/04/1998

Runtime :

1 h 40 min

Current status :

Released

Visa number :

90.825

Visa issue date :

17/09/1997

Approval :

Yes

Production formats :

35mm

Color type :

Color

Aspect ratio :

1.66

Audio format :

Dolby SR

Posters (1)

Director

Festival Selections (6)

Warsaw - French Film Festival - 1999

Warsaw - French Film Festival (Poland, 1999)

Selection

Films selected

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1999

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1999)

Selection (3)

Best Original Music : Tony Gatlif

Most Promising Actor : Romain Duris

Most Promising Actress : Rona Hartner

Punta Del Este - International Film Festival - 1999

Punta Del Este - International Film Festival (Uruguay, 1999)

Selection

Films selected

Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)

Selection (2)

Other Awards

Out of Competition

Locarno International Film Festival - 1997

Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland, 1997)

Selection

International Competition

Awards (3)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1999

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1999)

Awards

César Award for Best Original Score : Tony Gatlif

Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)

Awards

Grand Prize of the Americas : Tony Gatlif

Locarno International Film Festival - 1997

Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland, 1997)

Awards (2)

Silver Leopard

Award for Best Actress : Rona Hartner

Delegations (3)