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Freedom - © Marina Obradovic


A Feature film by Tony Gatlif

Produced by Princes Films

Release in France : 24/02/2010


    Théodore, a veterinarian and mayor of a village situated in France's occupied zone during World War Two, has taken in Little Claude, a nine-year-old boy whose parents have been missing since the beginning of the war. Mademoiselle Lundi, the elementary school teacher, gets to know the Gypsies who have set up camp not far from there. They've come to do grape-picking in the region. A staunch humanist and republican, she arranges, with Théodore's help, for the Gypsy children to go to school.

    Meanwhile, Little Claude strikes up a friendship with Taloche, a thirty-year-old Gypsy who is a child at heart and who never goes anywhere without his violin. But the identity controls imposed by the Vichy regime increase and the Gypsies no longer have the right to travel about freely: Théodore therefore allows them to settle on one of his plots of land. Their nomadic life becomes a sedentary one.

    While the Gypsy children take Mademoiselle Lundi's classes, Little Claude is increasingly fascinated by the Bohemians' way of life - a world of freedom where children are king. But joy and carefreeness don't last long: the pressure from the Vichy police and the Gestapo intensifies and the threat of danger is constant. Just as they've been doing for hundreds of years, the Gypsies must once again set out down the road.





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    Actors (17)

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    Executive Producer :

    Princes Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Co-productions :

    France 3 Cinéma, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma

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    UGC Distribution

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    Full credits (16)

    Assistant directors :

    Ève Guillou, Jean-Luc Roze, Valentin Dahmani

    Screenwriter :

    Tony Gatlif

    Sound Recordist :

    Philippe Welsh

    Production Manager :

    Christian Paumier

    Editor :

    Monique Dartonne

    Production Designer :

    Brigitte Brassart

    Director of Photography :

    Julien Hirsch

    Sound Mixer :

    Dominique Gaborieau

    Executive Producer :

    Delphine Mantoulet

    Director of Photography :

    Julien Hirsch

    Sound Assistant :

    Romain Cadilhac

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Robert Schlockoff, Valérie Chabrier

    Sound Editor :

    Adam Wolny

    Music Composers :

    Delphine Mantoulet, Tony Gatlif

    Costume designer :

    Catherine Rigault

    Location managers :

    Alain Dahan, Christophe Masson

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 51 min

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    Posters (1)


    News (3)

    Festival Selections (10)


    Montreal World Film Festival - 2009

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 2009)

    Awards (2)

    Grand Prize of the Americas

    Audience Award for the Most Popular Film

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