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Rice People

A Feature film by Rithy Panh

Produced by JBA Production

Release in France : 12/10/1994


    Long ago, when rice ripened, it flew up to heaven before taking its place in the village storehouses. There was no need to cultivate it, to watch over it or to harvest it. It was God's gift to man. One day, a man and his wife had a violent argument near a storehouse, they made a lot of noise and said some very rude things. In her anger the woman even hit the grains with a piece of wood. The Rice God took offence and abandoned the village to take refuge in a rocky crevice in the heart of the wild mountains. Then famine struck the country. The villagers tried to appease the Rice God but he was so angry he refused to come out of hiding. As their emssary they sent Slat, the flatfish, who described their grief to the Rice God and was able to calm his anger and bring him back down to the plains. But the Rice God laid down certain conditions...

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    Executive Producer :

    JBA Production

    Foreign production companies :

    Thelma Film AG, ZDF - Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse

    French distribution :

    ARP Sélection

    Co-production :

    Arte France Cinéma

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    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producer :

    Jacques Bidou

    Screenwriters :

    Rithy Panh, Ève Deboise

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Claude Brisson

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Vanessa Jerrom

    Production Designer :

    Nhean Chamnaul

    Costume designer :

    Vuong Kyry

    Author of original work :

    Shahnon Ahmad

    Director of Photography :

    Jacques Bouquin

    Production Manager :

    Jérôme Kanapa

    Editors :

    Andrée Davanture, Marie-Christine Rougerie

    Music Composer :

    Marc Marder

    French Distributor :

    Laurent Pétin

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    Coproducer countries :

    Switzerland, Germany, France

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    Majority French (Switzerland, Germany, France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 5 min

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