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Back to Square One

Back to Square One

A Feature film by Thomas Ngijol, Fabrice Eboué, Lionel Steketee

Produced by Légende

Release in France : 06/07/2011

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Other Angle Pictures

Co-productions :

Mars Films, TF1 Films Production

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Mars Films

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Half-brothers Joël and Régis have nothing in common but their father, who they barely know. Joël is unemployed and lacks initiative. France, a "racist country" according to him, is the cause of all his woes and being black is his constant excuse not to look for work or even pay for his bus ticket.
Régis is his totally integrated side. He is so well integrated, in fact, that he denies his black half and can't stand people referring to his origins. If you believed in what he says, you'd think crime and immigration go hand in hand. Called to their dying father's beside in the West Indies, all they receive for inheritance is the certificate declaring the freedom granted to their slave ancestors. The document has been passed down through the family from generation to generation. The brothers rip the certificate up, impervious to its symbolic value.
Determined to punish them for what they've just done, a mysterious elderly aunt, who has been keeping her eye on them since they arrived, decides to take them back in time. Cast back to 1780, smack dab in the slavery period, Joël and Régis will be sold at the market as slaves. They must join forces, not only to escape from the plantation, but also to find a way to get back to the 21st century.

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Back to Square One



Back to Square One

Interview Lionel Steketee / Thomas Ngijol

Interview with Thomas N'Gijol, star and co-director of Back to Square One and Lionel Steketee, co-director, conducted by Remy Algava, journalist with Allociné.

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Full credits (17)

Executive Producer :

Ilan Goldman

Associate producer :

Catherine Morisse

Director of Photography :

Jean-Claude Aumont

Production Manager :

Marc Vade

Editor :

Frédérique Olszak

Continuity supervisor :

Laura Boitel

Music Composer :

Alexandre Azaria

Costume designers :

Pierre-Jean Larroque, Gilles Bodu-Lemoine

Location Manager :

Alain Mougenot

Assistant Director :

Nicolas Guy

Screenwriters :

Fabrice Eboué, Thomas Ngijol, Jérôme L'Hostky

Sound Recordist :

Pierre André

Press Attaché (film) :

Alexandra Schamis

Sound Editor :

Alain Féat

Production Designer :

Christian Marti

Casting :

Olivier Carbone

Sound Mixer :

François-Joseph Hors

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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1 h 34 min

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Dolby SRD

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