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A Feature film by Gjergj Xhuvani

Produced by Les Films des Tournelles

Release in France : 31/10/2001


    Handsome young Andre arrives in a remote mountain village for his new teaching post at the local elementary school. Under the tight rule of the school Principal, Andre is surprised to discover that the only item on his first teacher meeting agenda is assignment of a political slogan for each class. Between "UP WITH REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT" and "AMERICAN IMPERIALISM IS ONLY A PAPER TIGER", Andre catches on that shorter slogans are preferable. In a physically demanding task, the teachers and young students must form the letters with rocks on neighbouring hillsides. This "political duty" dictates life in the village towards ironic and unexpected results. Among them, a love story between Andre and pretty French teacher, Diana. Under the paranoid probing eyes of the local Party Secretary, the simplest rumours and rivalries of the quaint village become comically misinterpreted. With preparations underway for the upcoming arrival of an important Party dignitary’s motorcade, the absurd reality of life under the late 1970s Albanian dictatorship shows its true face.

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films des Tournelles

    Foreign production company :

    Albanian General Vision

    French distribution :

    Les Films des Tournelles

    Co-productions :

    Roissy Films, Les Films en Hiver

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Celluloid Dreams

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    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producers :

    Pascal Judelewicz, Anne-Dominique Toussaint

    Director of Photography :

    Gérald Thiaville

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Viviana Andriani

    Continuity supervisor :

    Vetiola Mani

    Music Composer :

    Denis Barbier

    Screenwriter :

    Ylljet Aliçka

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre-Yves Lavoué

    Editor :

    Didier Ranz

    Production Designer :

    Shaqir Veseli

    Costume designer :

    Durim Neziri

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Albania, France (100.0%)

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    Majority French (Albania, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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    Dolby SR