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A Feature film by Jean-Hugues Anglade

Produced by Flach Film

Release in France : 04/06/1997


    She is Tonka, a natural, pure animal speed and grace, a perfect blend of the present moment and the age-old mysteries of India. A Chanel 19 perfumed vagabond, she lives near the runways of Charles de Gaulle Airport in an Ivory Tower she's kitted out for herself inside a giant soft-drink advertising can. She seems to hurtle through life like an unbreakable toy. He is "The Sprinter". He's already come within 1/100th of a second of the European record. For ten years he's epitomised technique, effort, the top-class athlete's ceaseless striving to win. Yet now, he's injured. He no longer knows why he pounds the red running tracks. It's as if he's been bridled, broken. Then, one day, returning listlessly from a field event, he sees her on the highway, running for no reason. Well, yes, because she swiped a croissant and because she loves to run. Tonka is the story of their melding in the heat of an encounter that must surely burn them both and make them one.

    Actors (12)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Flach Film

    Foreign production company :

    PFA Films Srl

    French distribution :

    Ciby Distribution

    Co-productions :

    France 3 Cinéma, Tonka Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

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    Full credits (14)

    Executive Producer :

    Jean-François Lepetit

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Lenoir

    Director of Photography :

    François Catonné

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Dominique Segall

    Assistant editors :

    Myriam Cadène, Frédéric Massiot

    Music Composer :

    Gabriel Yared

    Sound Mixer :

    Éric Tisserand

    Adaptation :

    Jean-Hugues Anglade

    Screenwriter :

    Jean-Hugues Anglade

    Production Manager :

    Yvon Crenn

    Editor :

    Olivier Mauffroy

    Production Designer :

    Françoise Benoît-Fresco

    Costume designer :

    Mimi Lempicka

    Location manager :

    Catherine Pierrat

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Italy, France

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    Majority French (Italy, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

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    Posters (1)



    Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)


    Cinema of Tomorrow