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Nocturne indien

Nocturne indien

A Feature film by Alain Corneau

Produced by Christian Bourgois Production, Alliance Film Communication (AFC), Sara Films

Release in France : 16/08/1989

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UGC Distribution (ex International)

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The enigmatic but vivid imagery of this loosely plotted film is based on a similarly evocative novel by the Italian author Antonio Tabucchi, Noturno Indiano. An old friend of the hero's has been living in Bombay with a prostitute. His friend Peter Schlemihl (Otto Tausig) is a concentration camp survivor, who went to India after being captivated by a photograph he saw there. When the prostitute writes to him in Europe asking that he rescue his friend from a mysterious malaise, he flies into India to try and help. When he gets to Bombay, he discovers that his friend has disappeared. Following the clues left behind by the friend, and based on his acquaintance with him, he journeys to Madras to speak to a Theosophist dignitary there, and then journeys on to Portugues Goa. With each step of his journey, the hero (Jean-Hugues Anglade) becomes more identified with his friend, and re-enacts in his own person the transformations he must have experienced.

Full credits (14)

Executive Producers :

Maurice Bernart, Alain Sarde

Author of original work :

Antonio Tabucchi

Director of Photography :

Yves Angelo

Sound Assistant :

Bernard Chaumeil

Production Manager :

Patrick Lancelot

Assistant Editor :

Éric Legarçon

Music Composer :

Franz Schubert

Assistant Director :

Frédéric Blum

Screenwriters :

Alain Corneau, Louis Gardel

Sound Recordist :

Pierre Gamet

Assistant Operator :

Laurent Fleutot

Editor :

Thierry Derocles

Continuity supervisor :

Hélène Sebillotte

Sound Mixer :

Gérard Lamps

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Feature film

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Metaphysical investigation

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100% French

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1 h 50 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (2)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1990

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1990)

Selection (5)

Best Cinematography : Yves Angelo

Best Director : Alain Corneau

Best Supporting Actress : Clémentine Célarié

Best Actor : Jean-Hugues Anglade

Best Film


Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1990

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1990)


César award for best cinematography : Yves Angelo