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Nadia and Hippopotamuses

Nadia and Hippopotamuses

A Feature film by Dominique Cabrera

Produced by Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo

Release in France : 22/03/2000

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Production and distribution (3)

Executive Producer :

Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo

French distribution :

Diaphana Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

Mercure Distribution

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November/December, 1995. France is paralyzed by transport workers' strikes. Parisians, facing a winter of endless traffic jams, set off for work on foot or bike. Nadia, young mother of six-month-old Christopher, lives on welfare. One day, she thinks she recognizes her son's father amongst striking railroaders featured in a television news report. It's been ages since she's heard from him… She decides to track him down…


I went to see railroad workers for a story about the strike. We became friends, and when I decided I wanted to do a film, some of them wanted to be in it. I didn’t assign roles, and I was pretty scared during the first public reading of the script, attended by everyone – train drivers as well as actors and crew. I was afraid Nadia’s story wouldn’t mean anything to them. But it worked, and they volunteered to come back for the shoot!

Dominique Cabrera, Director

Full credits (10)

Executive Producer :

Gilles Sandoz

Screenwriters :

Dominique Cabrera, Philippe Corcuff

Sound Recordist :

Xavier Griette

Press Attaché (film) :

Marie Queysanne

Production Designer :

Raymond Sarti

Assistant director :

Marianne Fricheau

Director of photography :

Hélène Lourvart

Production managers :

Pascal Bonnet, Zaïda Heckmann

Editor :

Sophie Brunet

Music Composer :

Béatrice Thiriet

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Feature film

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100% French

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1 h 40 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (5)