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Children Of The Stork

Children Of The Stork

A Feature film by Tony Gatlif

Produced by Princes Films

Release in France : 17/11/1999

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Executive Producer :

Princes Films

French distribution :

Mondo Films

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Pyramide International

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Otto and Louna keep meeting each morning in the subway. He lives in a public housing appartment with his mother, is unemployed and hawks newspapers on the subway. She's a hairdresser and lives with an old lady always being hassled by the law. One day, fed up with their np-future prospects, they decide to ditch everything. Accompanied by Ali, a young, intellectual immigrant on the run, they steal a car and hit the road. A stork with an injured wing enters their lives, changing everything. It has come from Algeria, trying to find its family. They adopt it, baptize it Muhammed and arrange for take identity papers so it can pass the border into Germany where its parents are waiting.


"Children Of The Stork" is a protest film, free of all constraints, be they linked to the story, production or technical methods... an open film. I felt free to chuck together, in a humourous way, everything that I loved and hated! When I didn't follow my usual narrative style it was like taking a break, giving myself a moment to breathe. I wanted to look at family, militancy and the right to be different from an absurd, mocking angle, and through humor, speak of serious things. Society treats us like babies and gets us to swallow any old rubbish! My stork speaks, like the cuddly toy in children's books! Frankly, who's mocking who? Therein lies protest!

Tony Gatlif - Director, excerpt from the press folder

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Full credits (17)

Executive Producer :

Tony Gatlif

Screenwriter :

Tony Gatlif

Directors of Photography :

Claude Garnier, Éric Guichard

Sound Assistant :

Fabrice Servera

Press Attaché (film) :

Fabienne Ferreira-Barbosa

Assistant editor :

Véronique Bruque

Music Composer :

Tony Gatlif

Sound Mixer :

Jean-Paul Loublier

Location Manager :

Salem Brahimi

Assistant directors :

Thierry Emmanuel, Frédéric Goupil

Voice :

Abel Jafri, Jean-Philippe Daguerre

Sound Recordist :

Marc Nouyrigat

Assistant Operator :

Patrick Ghiringhelli

Editor :

Monique Dartonne

Production Designer :

Brigitte Brassart

Sales Agent :

Éric Lagesse

Narrator :

Noël Simsolo

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Feature film

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 20 min

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Dolby SR

Posters (2)


Festival Selections (3)

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2000

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2000)


Panorama of World Cinema

Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2000

Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 2000)


Main Program Section Feature Films