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The Eleventh Child

The Eleventh Child

A Feature film by Dai Sijie

Produced by Paris New-York Production

Release in France : 25/11/1998


    The drama is set in a poor, superstitious village in the mountains on the Chinese border with Vietnam. When Tang, the eleventh child — the child too many, the one that shouldn’t be alive — is born, his father takes his gun and shoots his mother dead. Tang is brought up by his eldest brother, Tang the First, and suckled by a she-dog. No woman in the village wants to care for this child of ill omen.

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Paris New-York Production

    Foreign production company :

    Max Films

    Co-production :

    Arte France Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Rezo Films

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    Somebody once pointed out to me that all Asians, rich or poor, scholarly or uneducated, are superstitious. He was right. This film shows how a dream can grow from totally innocent beginnings into an irrational local belief that people cling to so blindly that it finally becomes a violent and cruel nightmare, a new tragedy.

    The story in the film is set in the 1950s, but you only have to open any Asian newspaper today to see how strong, persistent and all-pervasive superstitions still are everywhere, despite all the advances of an evermore modern society. It is this aspect of society that I wanted to bring out in this very realistic film, which is directly inspired by the beliefs rooted in my own native region.

    Full credits (13)

    Executive Producers :

    Claude Kunetz, Marc Piton

    Foreign Producer :

    Roger Frappier

    Sound Recordist :

    Claude La Haye

    Production Manager :

    Marc Piton

    Editor :

    Marie Castro

    Music Composer :

    Jean-Marie Sénia

    Still Photographer :

    Nguyen Huu Tuan

    Screenwriters :

    Dai Sijie, Nadine Perront

    Director of Photography :

    Guy Dufaux

    Sound Assistant :

    Louis Piché

    Press Attachés (film) :

    André-Paul Ricci, Tony Arnoux

    Production Designer :

    Christian Marti

    Sound Mixer :

    Hervé Buirette

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    France, Canada

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections

    French Cinepanorama - 1999

    French Cinepanorama (Hong Kong, 1999)


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