CHANTS DE MANDRIN

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LES CHANTS DE MANDRIN

Smugglers' Songs

Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche
F, 2011
Fiction, 97min, OmeU

LES CHANTS DE MANDRIN

Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche
F, 2011
Fiction, 97min, OmeU

Cast: 
Jacques Nolot
Marquis
Christian Milia-Darmezin
Hausierer
Kenji Levan
Jäger
Sylvain Roume
M’Lord
Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche
Bélissard
Jean-Luc Nancy
Setzer
Nicolas Bancilhon
Tambour
Yann-Yvon Pennec
Feldwebel
Salim Ameur-Zaïmeche
Charles Manini
Armelle Cellier-Gavignet
Screenplay: 
Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche
Sound: 
Timothée Alazraki
Bruno Auzet
Camera: 
Irina Lubtchansky
Editor: 
Nicolas Bancilhon
Composer: 
Valentin Clastrier
Costume: 
Christiane Vervandier

Production: 
Sarrazink Productions Maharaja Films
World Sales: 
MK2
Format: 
HD
Color

Following the execution of Louis Mandrin (1725–1755), the famous outlaw and popular hero, his comrades begin a new smuggling operation in the French provinces, organizing black markets to sell tobacco, fabrics and precious commodities. These smugglers also write songs in honour of Mandrin that they print and distribute to peasants throughout the land.
Freely inspired by historical events, we want to portray men entrenched in the progressive ideas of the time and dismissive of the ruling power. The Mandrins are rebellious warriors verging on the sublime in action, in a perspective that depicts the community as a boundary, at a time when, in order to develop, it must assert its values and specificities. We portray situations without shying from sentimentality: inventive writing and strong direction combining to capture raw action, changes in form and tone. Glimpses and fragments, lyrical and brutal. In the plot structure and composition of scenes, different aspects emerge that belong only to the moment, to the thrust of the story. (Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche)