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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

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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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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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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)

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Homage to Isabelle Huppert

BFI London Film Festival - 2009

BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain, 2009)

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BIFF - 2009

BIFF (South Korea, 2009)

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TIFF - 2009

TIFF (Canada, 2009)

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Masters

Venice International Film Festival  - 2009

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 2009)

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Official Competition

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Presskit (2)

Website (2)