• Clandestins
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1997
Format : Feature
Running time : 98 (in minutes)

With the help of a smuggler, a group of illegal immigrants attempt to leave France on a cargo ship headed for Canada. They succeed in sneaking into a container which is deposited at the bottom of the ship's hold.
Two men, two women and two children, strangers to one another at first, are confined to a space of 25 square meters. As the days drag out, tempers flare and provision begin to run out.
Outside the container, the crew is vigilant: no stowaways will be tolerated on board. Suddenly, in the middle of the ocean, engine failure brings the ship to a stop. Inside the container, tension turns to violance.
Without food or water, the stowaways have but one choice: to leave the con¬tainer, in spite of the crew's watchfulness.

August 1997

Original version:

Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion

TSR; Les Productions du Regard; Les Films de la Cassine; Morgane Films

Producers: Werner "Swiss" Schweizer, Esther van Messel

Photography: Silvain Brault

Editor: Christian Marcotte

Written and directed by: Denis Chouinard & Nicolas Wadimoff

Prix / Festivals / Awards

- Silver Dolphin for Best Director

Locarno International Film Festival
- Selection

Chicago International Film Festival
- Selection

Göteborg Film Festival
- Selection

Toronto International Film Festival
- Selection

Moscow International Film Festival
- Selection

Thessaloniki International Film Festival
- Selection

Namur (Belgium)
- Bayard d'Or du Meilleur Film

New Dehli International FIlm Festival
- Selection

- Best Actress


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