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Heading South

Heading South

A Feature film by Laurent Cantet

Produced by Haut et Court

Release in France : 25/01/2006

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Executive Producer :

Haut et Court

Foreign production company :

Les Films Séville

French distribution :

Haut et Court

Co-production :

France 3 Cinéma

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Celluloid Dreams

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Haiti, in the early eighties. A small hotel beside a beach paradise. A few single North American women have settled there among the flocks of tourists: Brenda, politically correct and in her forties; Ellen, a college professor, around fifty, who’s rather used to ruling the roost; Sue, from Quebec, forthright, plump, and vivacious. A gang of young men hover around the hotel, exchanging their charms and warmth for a few favors. 18-year-old Legba is one of them. Drop-dead gorgeous, he’s Ellen’s favorite. The women reconnect with him each year, but this time he’s going to change their lives.


Heading South by Laurent Cantet (Vers le sud, France/Canada, 2005, 105 min.). Laurent Cantet’s (Time Out) third feature, an investigation of sexual tourism, is arguably his most achieved and certainly his most challenging. The setting is a beach resort in Haiti in the late 1970s, where middle-aged North American women (with a lead role for Charlotte Rampling as a Wellesley College professor) go to be sexually pampered by young black men, rewarding them with economic and quasi-maternal favors. Outside the hotel’s artificial bubble, the Duvalier regime is in power, and it can’t be long before Legba, one of the young men, falls foul of the all-powerful Macoute militia. Basing their script on stories by the Haitian writer Dany Laferrière, Cantet and regular co-writer Robin Campillo (director of this year’s They Came Back) sensitively but trenchantly look into a complex nexus of sexual and political issues. Description adapted from the London Film Festival.

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Executive Producers :

Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta, Simon Arnal-Szlovak

Author of original work :

Dany Laferrière

Director of Photography :

Pierre Milon

Editor :

Robin Campillo

Production Designer :

Franckie Diago

Sound Mixer :

Jean-Pierre Laforce

Assistant director :

Sylvie Peyre

Screenwriters :

Laurent Cantet, Robin Campillo

Production Manager :

Jacques Arhex

Sound editors :

Valérie Deloof, Agnès Ravez

Costume designer :

Denis Sperdouklis

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Feature film

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French, English

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France, Canada

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Majority French (France, Canada)

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1 h 45 min

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Dolby SRD

Posters (1)


News (9)

Festival Selections (23)

International Film Festival in Bratislava - 2010

International Film Festival in Bratislava (Slovakia, 2010)


Focus - All at the beach

Lisbon - French Film Festival - 2006

Lisbon - French Film Festival (Portugal, 2006)


Week of French Cinema - films selected

Helsinki Film Festival - 2006

Helsinki Film Festival (Finland, 2006)



Melbourne International Film Festival - 2006

Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia, 2006)


French films selected

Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival - 2005

Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil, 2005)


Official International Selection

BFI London Film Festival - 2005

BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain, 2005)


Films selected

Montreal Festival of New Cinema - 2005

Montreal Festival of New Cinema (Canada, 2005)


International Competition

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2005

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2005)


Panorama of World Cinema

TIFF - 2005

TIFF (Canada, 2005)


Special presentations

Venice International Film Festival  - 2005

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 2005)


Official Competition


Venice International Film Festival  - 2005

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 2005)


Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Promising Young Actor or Actress : Ménothy Cesar

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