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White Material

White Material

A Feature film by Claire Denis

Produced by Why Not Productions

Release in France : 24/03/2010

    Synopsis

    The setting is an African country during a period troubled by an uprising. In a farming region home to one of the rebel chiefs, Maria, a staunch and brave white woman, refuses to relinquish her coffee crop and to see the danger to her family that such an attitude provokes. For her, giving in is proof of weakness, cowardice. In this plantation, which has nourished three generations of whites, André, her ex-husband and father of their teenage son, is concerned about Maria’s blinkered outlook, her stubbornness and pride. He decides to organize, without her knowing, the family’s escape and its repatriation in France. André no longer believes in the value of coffee. He has remarried with a young African woman with whom he has a son, and for whom he’s willing to do anything – even betraying Maria by putting his fate in the hands of the mayor of the neighboring village. He believes he’s the mayor’s friend, but he doesn’t understand, could not even imagine that the mayor is implicated in the conflict, that he opposes the rebels, and has other things on his mind than saving this poor white family adrift, so amazingly cut off from reality. Neither Maria nor André are aware that a rebel officer with a price on his head is hiding in their very plantation. In the thick forest that spreads beyond the road bordering the territory, a small gang of child soldiers, that survives by plundering, lies in wait.

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    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Why Not Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Wild Bunch

    Co-productions :

    France 3 Cinéma, Wild Bunch

    French distribution :

    Wild Bunch Distribution

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    Photos (8)

    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Pascal Caucheteux

    Director of Photography :

    Yves Cape

    Production manager :

    Isabelle Tillou

    Editor :

    Guy Lecorne

    Music Composer :

    Tindersticks (Groupe)

    Screenwriters :

    Claire Denis, Marie NDiaye

    Sound recordists :

    Jean-Paul Mugel, Christophe Winding, Christophe Vingtrinier

    Press Attaché (film) :

    André-Paul Ricci

    Sound editor :

    Josefina Rodriguez

    Costume designer :

    Judy Shrewsbury

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    French

    Production country :

    France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :

    2007

    French release :

    24/03/2010

    Runtime :

    1 h 42 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    114.152

    Visa issue date :

    22/03/2010

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD

    Rating restrictions :

    Suitable for all viewers, with warnings

    Posters (4)

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    News (10)

    Festival Selections (34)

    Helsinki Film Festival - 2011

    Helsinki Film Festival (Finland, 2011)

    Selection

    French Touch Selection

    International Film Festival in Bratislava - 2010

    International Film Festival in Bratislava (Slovakia, 2010)

    Selection

    Panorama - Here and there

    Sydney - Film Festival - 2010

    Sydney - Film Festival (Australia, 2010)

    Selection

    Push me to the edge

    Istanbul Film Festival - 2010

    Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey , 2010)

    Selection

    FROM THE WORLD OF FESTIVALS

    Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival - 2009

    Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (Taiwan, 2009)

    Selection

    Homage to Isabelle Huppert

    BFI London Film Festival - 2009

    BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain, 2009)

    Selection

    Films selected

    BIFF - 2009

    BIFF (South Korea, 2009)

    Selection

    Films selected

    TIFF - 2009

    TIFF (Canada, 2009)

    Selection

    Masters

    Venice International Film Festival  - 2009

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 2009)

    Selection

    Official Competition

    Delegations (6)

    Presskit (2)

    Website (2)