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The Black Beach

A Feature film by Michel Piccoli

Produced by Gemini Films

Release in France : 12/12/2001

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Actors (5)

Production and distribution (6)

Executive Producer :

Gemini Films

Foreign production companies :

Héritage Films, Madragoa Filmes, Filmograph SA, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse

French distribution :

Gemini Films

Co-production :

Arte France Cinéma

Film exports/foreign sales :

The Bureau Sales

News agency (France) :

Le Public Système Cinéma

TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

TV broadcasts: details by country


An exhausted militant wants to take a break from the incessant frenzy surrounding him. His country’s dictatorship is on its last legs and chaos reigns. His wife Sylvie leaves their country for France. She writes about the new democracy struggling to be born back home. His daughter Joyce must hide out in the deserted childhood home in the solitude and infinity of the Black Beach. Several adversaries – the militia of a hazy regime in his native land and the Paris police – wage a strange game of chess in which he is the pawn. Threats abound and he’s haunted by his past, his fears, dead friends. He has three allies: his wife, his daughter, and an old girlfriend from his fighting days. After our hero undergoes a fake execution, he no longer knows what awaits him. Throughout the world, people accept their lot and settle down to lives of unruliness and bloody history. Is there still room in today’s world for a man like our hero who can’t help but have his head in the clouds?

Full credits (10)

Executive Producer :

Paulo Branco

Screenwriters :

Michel Piccoli, Ludivine Clerc

Sound recordists :

Brigitte Taillandier, Jean-Claude Laureux

Editor :

Catherine Quesemand

Music Composer :

Django Reinhardt

Author of original work :

François Maspero

Director of photography :

Sabine Lancelin

Press Attachés (film) :

Sophie Bataille, Bruno Barde

Production designers :

Dorota Ignaczak, Isabel Branco

Costume designers :

Catherine Gorne-Achdjian, Malgorzata Gwiazdecka, Isabel Branco

Technical details

Feature film

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Coproducer countries :

France, Portugal, Poland, Switzerland

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Majority French (France, Portugal, Poland, Switzerland)

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Runtime :

1 h 53 min

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Audio format :

Dolby SRD


Festival Selections (3)

Lumiere Awards - 2003

Lumiere Awards (France, 2003)


French Films

Cannes Film Market - 2001

Cannes Film Market (France, 2001)



Cannes International Critics' Week - 2001

Cannes International Critics' Week (France, 2001)


Official Competition