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The Sacred Night

The Sacred Night

A Feature film by Nicolas Klotz

Produced by Flach Film, Les Films Ariane, Titane

Release in France : 07/07/1993


    Somewhere in Morocco, between 1920 and 1950... After fathering seven daughters, a man without an heir is convinced that his family is the victim of a harsh and ancient curse. To trick fate and prevent his brother getting hold of his fortune, he decides that his eighth child will be a boy, even if it is born a girl. He will be called Ahmed, will be brought up according to the male tradition and will take over his house and business upon his death... Thus is born Ahmed, his eighth daughter. The authoritarian and enigmatic Ahmed spends 21 years submitting to his father's will, painfully concealing his true identity without anyone finding out. At the age of 21, following the whole plot through to its logical conclusion, he tells his father that he plans to marry his cousin. Unable to take the idea of this marriage which goes against every taboo, the father calls Ahmed to his bedside and asks him to renounce this plan.

    Actors (10)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    Flach Film, Les Films Ariane, Titane

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Co-production :

    France 3 Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Ariane Distribution

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    Full credits (19)

    Executive Producers :

    Jean-Luc Ormières, Jean-François Lepetit

    Author of original work :

    Tahar Ben Jelloun

    Line Producer :

    Jean-Luc Larguier

    Director of Photography :

    Carlo Varini

    Production manager :

    Christine Raspillère

    Editor :

    Jean-François Naudon

    Continuity supervisor :

    Suzanne Durrenberger

    Music Composer :

    Goran Bregovic

    Sound Mixer :

    Dominique Hennequin

    Location Manager :

    Jean-Marc Abbou

    Assistant Director :

    Roland Dhardivillé

    Sound recordists :

    Maurice Laumain, Jean-Pierre Ruh

    Screenwriter :

    Élisabeth Perceval

    Sound Assistant :

    Michel Kharat

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Annie Maurette

    Assistant editors :

    Maguelone Pouget, Morgane Spacagna, Anne Rennesson

    Production Designer :

    Didier Naert

    Costume designers :

    Jacques Schmidt, Emmanuel Peduzzi

    Still Photographer :

    Étienne George

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    100% French (France)

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    1 h 50 min

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