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Crazy Stranger

Crazy Stranger

A Feature film by Tony Gatlif

Produced by Princes Films

Release in France : 08/04/1998

    Synopsis

    Stéphane, a young Frenchman, is travelling through Romania in search of an unknown singer by the name of Nora Luca. In the dead of night, half frozen by the wind and snow, Stéphane arrives in a deserted village. He meets Isidore, an elderly Gypsy who befriends him. Stéphane plays Isidore his tape of Nora Luca singing. The old man takes him to his home. Stéphane becomes an honoured guest and is adopted by the whole village. Sabrina, the wildest and freest of the village women, speaks French from having once lived in Belgium. She interprets for him. Thanks to her and Isidore, Stéphane tracks down a band of Gypsy musicians and records them. But his greatest find is Sabrina herself, her fiery temperament, her passion and sensuality and total freedom. Through his search for Nora Luca, and the spiritual quest for his father that inspired it, he discovers love, a new family and a whole new culture.

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Princes Films

    French distribution :

    AFMD

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Océan Films Distribution

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    About

    I wanted to make a free film, an anarchist’s film, and I think it’s actually my most accomplished movie — not in terms of pictures on the screen, but in terms of sincerity. The poetry in it comes from real life. In looking for that truth, that sincerity, I chanced upon that poetry of the real. “Gadjo Dilo” is the last part of my trilogy about the Gypsies, after “Les Princes” and “Latcho Drom”. I wanted to let myself go and say everything.

    Tony Gatlif

    Full credits (14)

    Executive Producer :

    Tony Gatlif

    Director of Photography :

    Éric Guichard

    Production Manager :

    Doru Mitran

    Editor :

    Monique Dartonne

    Assistant editor :

    Nadine Verdier

    Music Composer :

    Tony Gatlif

    Costume designer :

    Mihaela Ularu

    Screenwriters :

    Tony Gatlif, Kits Hilaire

    Sound Recordist :

    Nicolas Naegelen

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Robert Schlockoff

    Sound Editor :

    Fabrice Servera

    Production Designer :

    Brigitte Brassart

    Singer :

    Rona Hartner

    Sound Mixer :

    Dominique Gaborieau

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Themes :

    Travel, Wandering

    Production language :

    French, Romani

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1998

    French release :

    08/04/1998

    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    90.825

    Visa issue date :

    17/09/1997

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.66

    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections (7)

    Warsaw - French Film Festival - 1999

    Warsaw - French Film Festival (Poland, 1999)

    Selection

    Films selected

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1999

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1999)

    Selection (3)

    Best Original Music : Tony Gatlif

    Most Promising Actor : Romain Duris

    Most Promising Actress : Rona Hartner

    Punta Del Este - International Film Festival - 1999

    Punta Del Este - International Film Festival (Uruguay, 1999)

    Selection

    Films selected

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)

    Selection (2)

    Other Awards

    Out of Competition

    Locarno International Film Festival - 1997

    Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland, 1997)

    Selection

    International Competition

    Awards (3)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1999

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1999)

    Awards

    César Award for Best Original Score : Tony Gatlif

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)

    Awards

    Grand Prize of the Americas : Tony Gatlif

    Locarno International Film Festival - 1997

    Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland, 1997)

    Awards (2)

    Silver Leopard

    Award for Best Actress : Rona Hartner

    Delegations (3)