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A Feature film by Stijn Coninx

Release in France : 23/02/1994


    Aalst (Belgium) in 1893. In the factories men, women and children work 13 hours a day in atrocious conditions. There is a rising number of fatal accidents. Nette, a young worker, leads a wildcat strike.
    She enlists Father Adolf Daens' help. Daens has published an article on working conditions, it has an axplosive effect. With repercussions all the way to Parliament. A Committee of Inquiry is set up despite the opposition of Charles Woeste, President of the Conservative Catholic Party.
    Woeste organizes a compaign to discredit the priest (local complicity, church hierarchy and a diplomatic offensive led by King Leopold II himself), resulting in Pope Leo XIII's repudiation of Father Daens.
    After a final onslaught by Charles Woeste, Father Daens is obliged to choose between the priesthood and his political activities. Nette, who had always been at his side, persuades him not to give up but to continue the struggle...

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (3)

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    French distribution :

    Wild Bunch Distribution

    Foreign production companies :

    Shooting star film company, Favourite Films, Dérives

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    Full credits (9)

    Author of original work :

    Louis Paul Boon

    Co-producer :

    Jean-Luc Ormières

    Sound Recordist :

    Henri Morelle

    Editor :

    Ludo Troch

    Costume designer :

    Yan Tax

    Screenwriters :

    François Chevallier, Stijn Coninx

    Director of Photography :

    Walther Vanden Ende

    Press Attaché (film) :

    François Hassan Guerrar

    Music Composer :

    Dirk Brosse

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Production language :

    Flemish, German, French

    Coproducer countries :

    Belgium, The Netherlands, France (100.0%)

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    Nationality :

    100% French (Belgium, The Netherlands, France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 14 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SR


    Festival Selections

    Academy Awards - 1993

    Academy Awards (United States, 1993)


    Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film