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Circus Baobab

A Feature film by Laurent Chevallier

Produced by Les Poissons Volants

Release in France : 28/02/2001

    Synopsis

    An acrobat circus has just seen the light of day in Conakry: thirty boys and girls from the streets, uneducated children, talented dancers and percussionists. March 1, 2000, the Circus Baobab troupe is ready to start its first tour of Guinea. A major tour lasting six weeks, taking in three cities, traveling four thousand kilometers and penetrating deep into the heartland of the country.
    Coated with red road dust, the strange, multifarious convoy pulls into an upcountry stadium. As if by magic, a huge stage arises and an amazing baobab tree made of metal, teak and mahogany emerges from it. The first trapezes are hung from it. Spotlights suddenly light up this village, where electricity is a rare commodity. A colossal crowd throngs together to see the great event.
    Djembes begin to thump, dancers leap, trapeze artists fly, acrobats contort, fire-eaters light up the night; the audience can’t believe its eyes. The more the tour wends its way deeper into heart of the country, the more the young acrobats in the troupe discover that a circus is also a training for life.

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Poissons Volants

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    10 Francs

    Co-production :

    France 2 Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Mondo Films

    Full credits (6)

    Executive Producer :

    Sophie Goupil

    Director of Photography :

    Amar Arhab

    Editor :

    Ange-Marie Revel

    Screenwriters :

    Laurent Chevallier, Jacques Chevallier

    Sound Recordist :

    Olivier Schwob

    Costume designer :

    Fabienne Desfleches

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Documentary

    Themes :

    Performance, Society

    Production language :

    French, African dialect

    Production country :

    France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :

    2000

    French release :

    28/02/2001

    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    95.415

    Visa issue date :

    02/02/2001

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    Super 16

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.66

    Audio format :

    Dolby SR