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A Feature film by Denis Chouinard, Nicolas Wadimoff

Produced by Films de la Cassine, Dune

Release in France : 06/05/1998


    Sandu, a 13-year-old Gypsy boy, wants to go to Canada. It’s his only wish in life — to get away. He shares it with five other people: two women, two men and a child, all getting ready to escape as stow-aways like him. Six individuals, six lives, six destinies that inter-twine. And one desire between them: to reach the other shore, where life is better.

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    Production and distribution (4)

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    Films de la Cassine, Dune

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    Motion International

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    This freighter can be regarded as the symbol of the West: everything is shipshape, bar a few undesirables whose only fault is being where they shouldn’t. They have to be got rid of somehow, so that everything can be orderly again. “Stowaways”, the story of six illegal refugees, is about confinement, lack of privacy, bonds being formed and broken, terror that gives way to insanity. “Stowaways” is a film about sharing, fear and violence, but also about love. Every day we spent writing and then shooting the film, hundreds of women, men and children embarked on the same voyage. Our film is finished but the stowaways are still climbing aboard. (Denis Chouinard and Nicolas Wadimoff - excerpt from press kit)

    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producers :

    Ève Vercel, Robert Nador

    Screenwriters :

    Nicolas Wadimoff, Denis Chouinard

    Sound Recordist :

    Paul Lainé

    Editor :

    Christian Marcotte

    Music Composer :

    Bill Laswell

    Still Photographer :

    Jacques Berthet

    Assistant Director :

    Laurent Herbiet

    Director of Photography :

    Sylvain Brault

    Press Attaché (film) :

    François Hassan Guerrar

    Production Designer :

    Ivan Niclass

    Costume designer :

    Cidalia Da Costa

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    Feature film

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    French, English, German

    Coproducer countries :

    Belgium, Switzerland

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    Minority French (Belgium, Switzerland)

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    1 h 35 min

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    Festival Selections

    FIFF - 2000

    FIFF (Belgium, 2000)


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