Filmfest 2012

German Age Rating

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April 1988, Ouvéa Island in the French colony of New Caledonia. 30 policemen are kidnapped by Kanak separatists. 300 French special-forces operatives are sent to restore order. Two men face off: Philippe Legorjus, captain of the GIGN, an elite counter-terrorism police unit, and Alphonse Dianou, the rebels' leader. They attempt to find a peaceful solution based on common values and dialogue. But, against the backdrop of presidential elections in France, the political stakes are high, and order is not necessarily a moral question.
"The 'custom' is a discussion that ends in tacit agreement, which must not be broken because it is made eye-to-eye. Kanak society is based on a person's word, which has great value and is an absolute commitment, while lending a sacred dimension to all things. In New Caledonia, everything hinges on the custom."
Matthieu Kassovitz

tags: Feature film

Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Iabe Lapacas, Malik Zidi, Alexandre Steiger, Daniel Martin


Screenplay: Mathieu Kassovitz, Benoît Jaubert, Pierre Geller, Original von / by: Philippe Legorjus

Director of Photography: Marc Koninckx

Film Editor: Mathieu Kassovitz, Thomas Beard, Lionel Devuyst

Composer: Klaus Badelt

Production Designer: Bruno Coupe

Costume Design: Agnès Beziers

Sound: Yves Comeliau, Guillaume Bouchateau

Producer: Christophe Rossignon

Production Company: Nord Ouest Productions

World Sales: Kinology

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz