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Brigands-Chapter VII

Brigands-Chapter VII

A Feature film by Otar Iosseliani

Produced by Pierre Grise Productions

Release in France : 22/01/1997


    Vano is the king of a small country. It is a beautiful and rich land, coveted by its neighbours. Vano is always at war. As is to be expected, he is surrounded by dissatisfied, hypocritical, jealous and treacherous courtiers. Queen Eka is bored and even a well-designed chastity-belt is no obstacle. Luckily, the sultan's favourite, Lia, won in a lively battle, is a very good replacement queen. Unfortunately, she has not forgiven her captor and her vengeance takes the shape of a chalice of poisoned wine. But either Vano is too tough or Lia's hand is too light...

    Actors (8)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Pierre Grise Productions

    Foreign production companies :

    Carac Film, Bim Distribuzione, Soyuzkinoservice

    French distribution :

    Pierre Grise Distribution

    Co-production :

    Arte France Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

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    "Iosseliani, eccentric by vocation and choice, bandles the horror of the repressive Stalinian system with unbelievable precision...By ignoring narrative convention, he makes the words useless. He tackles the arguments in his vain struggle against the cycles of historical activity with total freedom. "Brigands, chapitre VII" is an intelligent and sharp entertainment that plays down the seriousness and horror in order to reveal the full scope of the absurd." (La Republica)

    "An ironic and surrealistic fable on the inexhaustible thirst for power and the inexorable desire to dominate that has always typified the human race." (Messagero Veneto)

    Full credits (16)

    Assistant directors :

    Jacques Arhex, Julie Bertuccelli, Gabrièle Roux

    Screenwriter :

    Otar Iosseliani

    Director of Photography :

    William Lubtchansky

    Assistant Operator :

    Irina Lubtchansky

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Marie-Christine Damiens

    Continuity supervisor :

    Lydie Mahias

    Music Composer :

    Nicolas Zourabichvili

    Sound mixer :

    Elvire Lerner

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Production language :

    Russian, French

    Coproducer countries :

    Switzerland, Russia, Italy, France

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    Majority French (Switzerland, Russia, Italy, France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 9 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (4)

    Locarno Film Festival - 2013

    Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland, 2013)


    Otar Iosseliani Retrospective

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)


    Out of Competition

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1996

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1996)


    Official Competition