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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

A Feature film by Marion Hänsel

Release in France : 21/02/1996


    An old freighter, belonging to a company that has gone out of business, drops anchor off Hong Kong. The crew has to wait a week or more to get paid. After that, who knows what lies ahead ? Among the sailors is Nikos, a radio operator, a man of few words, weary of life, an introvert and opium addict, and Li, a little Chinese girl living on the sampans in the bay of Hong Kong, doing cleaning work on the ships while they're in port. "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" is the story of the friendship that arises between this lost man and a bright little girl who won't let herself be defeated, who keeps her innocence in spite of the chaos in her life.

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Co-production :

    Tchin Tchin Production

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    Foreign production companies :

    Man's Films, Mark Forstater Productions

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    "I tried to transcribe as best I could, the simplicity, almost translucent luminosity of Nikos Kavvadias' beautiful short story "Li". Childhood... clear of mind, unprejudiced and uncompromising, children with their courage (which we adults lack), have the power to change us ... the world. To watch them, to listen and to stay close to them, reassures, guides and helps me to make my films."

    (Marion Hänsel)

    Full credits (10)

    Author of original work :

    Nikos Kavvadias

    Foreign producer :

    Marion Hänsel

    Sound Recordist :

    Henri Morelle

    Editor :

    Susana Rossberg

    Music Composer :

    Wim Mertens

    Screenwriters :

    Marion Hänsel, Louis Grospierre

    Director of Photography :

    Bernard Lutic

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Vanessa Jerrom

    Production Designer :

    Thierry Leproust

    Costume designer :

    Yan Tax

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    Feature film

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    Psychological drama

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    Coproducer countries :

    Belgium, Great Britain, France

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    Nationality :

    Minority French (Belgium, Great Britain, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 32 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (2)

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1995

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1995)


    Official Competition - Feature Films