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Nocturne indien

Nocturne indien

A Feature film by Alain Corneau

Produced by Christian Bourgois Production, Alliance Film Communication (AFC), Sara Films

Release in France : 16/08/1989


    The enigmatic but vivid imagery of this loosely plotted film is based on a similarly evocative novel by the Italian author Antonio Tabucchi, Noturno Indiano. An old friend of the hero's has been living in Bombay with a prostitute. His friend Peter Schlemihl (Otto Tausig) is a concentration camp survivor, who went to India after being captivated by a photograph he saw there. When the prostitute writes to him in Europe asking that he rescue his friend from a mysterious malaise, he flies into India to try and help. When he gets to Bombay, he discovers that his friend has disappeared. Following the clues left behind by the friend, and based on his acquaintance with him, he journeys to Madras to speak to a Theosophist dignitary there, and then journeys on to Portugues Goa. With each step of his journey, the hero (Jean-Hugues Anglade) becomes more identified with his friend, and re-enacts in his own person the transformations he must have experienced.

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    Ciné 5

    French distribution :

    UGC Distribution

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    Full credits (14)

    Executive Producers :

    Maurice Bernart, Alain Sarde

    Author of original work :

    Antonio Tabucchi

    Director of Photography :

    Yves Angelo

    Sound Assistant :

    Bernard Chaumeil

    Production Manager :

    Patrick Lancelot

    Assistant Editor :

    Éric Legarçon

    Music Composer :

    Franz Schubert

    Assistant Director :

    Frédéric Blum

    Screenwriters :

    Alain Corneau, Louis Gardel

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Gamet

    Assistant Operator :

    Laurent Fleutot

    Editor :

    Thierry Derocles

    Continuity supervisor :

    Hélène Sebillotte

    Sound Mixer :

    Gérard Lamps

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    Feature film

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    Metaphysical investigation

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    France (100.0%)

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    100% French (France)

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    1 h 50 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (3)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1990

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1990)

    Selection (5)

    Best Film

    Best Cinematography : Yves Angelo

    Best Actor : Jean-Hugues Anglade

    Best Director : Alain Corneau

    Best Supporting Actress : Clémentine Célarié


    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1990

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1990)


    César Award for Best Cinematography : Yves Angelo