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Life on Earth

A Feature film by Abderrahmane Sissako

Produced by Haut et Court

Release in France : 09/06/1999


    Just before the year 2000, Abderrahmane Sissako, a Mauritanian filmmaker living in France, decides to return to Sokolo, a small village in Mali, to touch base with his father. "Dear Father, you'll be a little surprised, perhaps even worried, to receive this letter from me. Let me tell you right away that everything is fine and I hope that the same goes for you. Contrary to the message that I got Jiddou to transmit to you, an important change now means that I will soon be with you in Sokolo. The desire to film Sokolo, life, life on earth, the desire, also, to get away, particularly as it will soon be the year 2000 and nothing would have changed for the better, you know this better than I." Hence Sissako arrives in the village, changes clothes, and gets on a bicycle to wander in the little streets, squares, go to the post office, in the fields. It is there that he crosses paths with Nana, a young woman who is also just passing through. Something impalpable and playful forms between them while, in the village, life continues.

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Haut et Court

    French distribution :

    Haut et Court

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Celluloid Dreams

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

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    Full credits (7)

    Executive producers :

    Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo

    Co-producers :

    Barbara Letellier, Simon Arnal-Szlovak

    Sound Recordist :

    Pascal Armant

    Editor :

    Nadia Ben Rachid

    Screenwriter :

    Abderrahmane Sissako

    Director of Photography :

    Jacques Besse

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Laurence Petit

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Production language :

    French, African dialect

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    Nationality :

    100% French

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    Runtime :

    1 h 1 min

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    Posters (1)


    Selections (7)

    Berlin - Youth Film Forum - 1999

    Berlin - Youth Film Forum (Germany, 1999)


    Feature Film Forum

    Göteborg Film Festival - 1999

    Göteborg Film Festival (Sweden, 1999)


    Films selected

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) - 1999

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) (The Netherlands, 1999)


    Main Program Section Feature Films

    Directors' Fortnight - 1998

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1998)


    Official Selection