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Heading South

Heading South

A Feature film by Laurent Cantet

Produced by Haut et Court

Release in France : 25/01/2006


    Haiti, in the early eighties. A small hotel beside a beach paradise. A few single North American women have settled there among the flocks of tourists: Brenda, politically correct and in her forties; Ellen, a college professor, around fifty, who’s rather used to ruling the roost; Sue, from Quebec, forthright, plump, and vivacious. A gang of young men hover around the hotel, exchanging their charms and warmth for a few favors. 18-year-old Legba is one of them. Drop-dead gorgeous, he’s Ellen’s favorite. The women reconnect with him each year, but this time he’s going to change their lives.

    Actors (6)

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    Executive Producer :

    Haut et Court

    Foreign production company :

    Les Films Séville

    French distribution :

    Haut et Court

    Co-production :

    France 3 Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Celluloid Dreams

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    Heading South by Laurent Cantet (Vers le sud, France/Canada, 2005, 105 min.). Laurent Cantet’s (Time Out) third feature, an investigation of sexual tourism, is arguably his most achieved and certainly his most challenging. The setting is a beach resort in Haiti in the late 1970s, where middle-aged North American women (with a lead role for Charlotte Rampling as a Wellesley College professor) go to be sexually pampered by young black men, rewarding them with economic and quasi-maternal favors. Outside the hotel’s artificial bubble, the Duvalier regime is in power, and it can’t be long before Legba, one of the young men, falls foul of the all-powerful Macoute militia. Basing their script on stories by the Haitian writer Dany Laferrière, Cantet and regular co-writer Robin Campillo (director of this year’s They Came Back) sensitively but trenchantly look into a complex nexus of sexual and political issues. Description adapted from the London Film Festival.

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    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producers :

    Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta, Simon Arnal-Szlovak

    Author of original work :

    Dany Laferrière

    Director of Photography :

    Pierre Milon

    Editor :

    Robin Campillo

    Production Designer :

    Franckie Diago

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean-Pierre Laforce

    Assistant director :

    Sylvie Peyre

    Screenwriters :

    Laurent Cantet, Robin Campillo

    Production Manager :

    Jacques Arhex

    Sound editors :

    Valérie Deloof, Agnès Ravez

    Costume designer :

    Denis Sperdouklis

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    Feature film

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    French, English

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Canada

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    Majority French (France, Canada)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

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    Dolby SRD

    Posters (1)


    News (9)

    Festival Selections (23)

    International Film Festival in Bratislava - 2010

    International Film Festival in Bratislava (Slovakia, 2010)


    Focus - All at the beach

    Lisbon - French Film Festival - 2006

    Lisbon - French Film Festival (Portugal, 2006)


    Week of French Cinema - films selected

    Helsinki Film Festival - 2006

    Helsinki Film Festival (Finland, 2006)



    Melbourne International Film Festival - 2006

    Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia, 2006)


    French films selected

    Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival - 2005

    Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil, 2005)


    Official International Selection

    BFI London Film Festival - 2005

    BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain, 2005)


    Films selected

    Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma - 2005

    Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Canada, 2005)


    International Competition

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2005

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2005)


    Panorama of World Cinema

    TIFF - 2005

    TIFF (Canada, 2005)


    Special Presentations

    Venice International Film Festival  - 2005

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 2005)


    Official Competition


    Venice International Film Festival  - 2005

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 2005)


    Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Promising Young Actor or Actress : Ménothy Cesar

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