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A Feature film by Éliane de Latour

Produced by Hachette Première et Cie, Les Films d'Ici

Release in France : 22/11/2000


    Two young men accidentally kill a man in an African shantytown. They hide out in the ghetto known as the “Bronx,” joining up with the gang that control the neighborhood.

    Violence, partying, the brotherhood of gang life become the daily routine. Toussaint, the eldest, seeks out the protection of “old guard” Tyson. He adapts to the law of the mob, based on honor and respect for the elders, while seeking a way out through his relationship with Miriam, a young hawker at the local fishmarket.
    His friend, Nixon, feels left out, and their relationship deteriorates. Nixon contests the “Miami law” laid down by the “old guard,” a law requiring the young kids on the block to share their loot. After all, everyone knows how tough his father was! Why should he have to jump through hoops? With his friends Tupac, Amaru and Simpliste, Nixon mounts a pitiful hold-up that goes badly wrong. To get him out of prison, Toussaint is obliged to betray his crew.
    Together once again, the two friends must flee to “Barbès,” lorded over by bloodthirsty Tarek Aziz. Here their dreams of freedom and happy tomorrows founder…

    Actors (2)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    Hachette Première et Cie, Les Films d'Ici

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    France tv distribution

    Co-productions :

    Arte France Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma, CNRS Images

    French distribution :

    Rezo Films

    Full credits (14)

    Executive Producers :

    René Cleitman, Serge Lalou

    Screenwriters :

    Éliane de Latour, Emmanuel Bourdieu

    Sound Recordist :

    Olivier Schwob

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Sandrine Lamantowicz

    Sound editor :

    Mathilde Cousin

    Continuity supervisor :

    Olivia Bruynoghe

    Casting :

    Marie de Laubier, Sarah Teper

    Executive Producer :

    Marie-Frédérique Lauriot-dit-Prévost

    Director of Photography :

    Stéphane Fontaine

    Assistant Operator :

    Sophie Lemaire

    Editor :

    Anne Weil

    Assistant editors :

    Mathilde Cousin, Gilda Fine

    Music Composers :

    Philippe Miller, Michel Marre

    Sound Mixer :

    Bruno Tarrière

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Production language :

    French, African dialect

    Production country :

    France (100.0%)

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby DTS

    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (4)

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) - 2001

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) (The Netherlands, 2001)


    Main Program Section Feature Films

    BFI London Film Festival - 2000

    BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain, 2000)


    Films selected

    Locarno Film Festival - 2000

    Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland, 2000)

    Selection (2)

    International Competition

    Piazza Grande