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The Elephant Master

The Elephant Master

A Feature film by Patrick Grandperret

Produced by Ciby 2000

Release in France : 20/12/1995


    When his mother dies, Martin, 12, leaves France for Africa to live with his father whom he doesn't know. The latter, head of a game reserve, welcomes him coldly. He seems more concerned by the unexplained absence of elephants from the reserve than by his son's arrival. With Fofana and Victor, his new friends, Martin discovers African life and partakes in a great adventure that leads him to a reconciliation with his father.

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Ciby 2000

    Foreign production company :

    El Deseo

    French distribution :

    Ciby Distribution

    Co-productions :

    Emael Films, TF1 Films Production

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

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    International releases (6)

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    "Black Africa has been exploited mercilessly to relinquish its secrets to the whims of the big screen. Today's African film festivals and directors have cast aside the clichés to give it a new identity. Patrick Grandperret tackles this with the sensibility of a white man in love with Africa and so makes it even more familiar to us. (...) He returns Africa to its open spaces, its contradictions, its mysteries, leaving the audience to discover its differences like a child. The sobriety of Jacques Dutronc is in tune with Patrick Grandperret's modesty : both men let Africa come to the fore."
    (Sophie Chemineau - La tribune Desfossés)

    Full credits (18)

    Assistant Director :

    Alain Artur

    Line Producers :

    Joël Phiri, Bassek Ba Kobhio

    Co-producer :

    Patrick Grandperret

    Sound recordists :

    Pascal Armant, Jeremy West

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Dominique Segall, Myriam Bruguière

    Sound Editor :

    Olivier Ducastel

    Continuity supervisor :

    Olivia Bruynoghe

    Music Composers :

    Steve Shehan, Georges Rodi

    Sound Mixer :

    Bruno Tarrière

    Author of original work :

    René Guillot

    Screenwriters :

    Patrick Grandperret, Saskia Cohen-Tanugi, Alain Artur

    Director of Photography :

    Pierre David

    Production Manager :

    Phillip Kenny

    Editor :

    Dominique Galliéni

    Assistant editor :

    Sylvie Lenfant

    Production Designer :

    Nikos Meletopoulos

    Costume designer :

    Annie Touquet

    Still Photographers :

    Moune Jamet, Alexandre Degre, Jean-Marie Leroy

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Spain, France

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    Majority French (Spain, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 35 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections

    Berlin International Film Festival - 1996

    Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1996)


    Génération 14Plus