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Few of Us

A Feature film by Sharunas Bartas

Release in France : 18/09/1996


    Who is this young girl in the helicopter surveying the infinite and merciless Sayanes landscape? What does she seek in this land untouched by civilisation whose only inhabitants are the Tofolars, a small tribe forgotten by all?

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Co-production :

    Gemini Films

    French distribution :

    Grands Films Classiques (Les)

    Foreign production companies :

    Studio Kinema, Madragoa Filmes

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    "I was fifteen the first time I came to this Siberian village. Strangely, it was also the first time I ever thought of making films. That was sixteen years ago. Everything I had felt in this village I thought could only be expressed through the image, so as soon as I could lay my hands on a camera and some stock I returned to try to film it. I filmed a landscape I'd found moving. Nothing. I filmed it a hundred times. And then I understood that the emotion I felt could only be put across through working with light, through mise en scène... Little by little, the image came within my grasp. I had tamed it. I learnt that the camera has no feelings, that everything had to be rectified, redone. I try to make things breathe. If one day I succeed, I will stop."
    Sharunas Bartas, interview by Elisabeth Lebovici - Libération)

    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Director of Photography :

    Sharunas Bartas

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Corinne de Bury, Bruno Barde

    Music Composer :

    Victor Copytsko

    Sales Agent :

    Jacques Le Glou

    Screenwriter :

    Sharunas Bartas

    Sound Recordist :

    Vladimir Golovnitski

    Editor :

    Mingaile Murmulaitiene

    Costume designer :

    Danute Inchiute

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    Feature film

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    Portugal, Germany, Lithuania, France

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    Majority French (Portugal, Germany, Lithuania, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

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    Festival Selections

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1996

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1996)


    Un Certain Regard