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Children Of The Stork

Children Of The Stork

A Feature film by Tony Gatlif

Produced by Princes Films

Release in France : 17/11/1999


    Otto and Louna keep meeting each morning in the subway. He lives in a public housing appartment with his mother, is unemployed and hawks newspapers on the subway. She's a hairdresser and lives with an old lady always being hassled by the law. One day, fed up with their np-future prospects, they decide to ditch everything. Accompanied by Ali, a young, intellectual immigrant on the run, they steal a car and hit the road. A stork with an injured wing enters their lives, changing everything. It has come from Algeria, trying to find its family. They adopt it, baptize it Muhammed and arrange for take identity papers so it can pass the border into Germany where its parents are waiting.

    Actors (13)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Princes Films

    French distribution :

    Mondo Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pyramide International

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    International releases (3)

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    "Children Of The Stork" is a protest film, free of all constraints, be they linked to the story, production or technical methods... an open film. I felt free to chuck together, in a humourous way, everything that I loved and hated! When I didn't follow my usual narrative style it was like taking a break, giving myself a moment to breathe. I wanted to look at family, militancy and the right to be different from an absurd, mocking angle, and through humor, speak of serious things. Society treats us like babies and gets us to swallow any old rubbish! My stork speaks, like the cuddly toy in children's books! Frankly, who's mocking who? Therein lies protest!

    Tony Gatlif - Director, excerpt from the press folder

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    Full credits (16)

    Executive Producer :

    Tony Gatlif

    Sound Recordist :

    Marc Nouyrigat

    Voice :

    Abel Jafri, Jean-Philippe Daguerre

    Sound Assistant :

    Fabrice Servera

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Fabienne Ferreira-Barbosa

    Assistant editor :

    Véronique Bruque

    Music Composer :

    Tony Gatlif

    Narrator :

    Noël Simsolo

    Assistant directors :

    Thierry Emmanuel, Frédéric Goupil

    Screenwriter :

    Tony Gatlif

    Directors of Photography :

    Claude Garnier, Éric Guichard

    Assistant Operator :

    Patrick Ghiringhelli

    Editor :

    Monique Dartonne

    Production Designer :

    Brigitte Brassart

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean-Paul Loublier

    Location Manager :

    Salem Brahimi

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    France (100.0%)

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 20 min

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    Dolby SR

    Posters (2)


    Selections (3)

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2000

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2000)


    Panorama of World Cinema

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) - 2000

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) (The Netherlands, 2000)


    Main Program Section Feature Films

    FIFF - 1999

    FIFF (Belgium, 1999)


    Official Competition