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Blanc d'ébène (1991)

The year is 1943 and the place is Balandou, a small village in Guinea. The plot revolves around Adjutant Mariani, some kind of a misfit. Despised by his superiors, hated by his wife ... See full summary »

Director:

Cheik Doukouré

Writers:

Cheik Doukouré (screenplay), Guy Zilberstein (adaptation)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ... L'adjudant-recruteur Mariani
Maka Kotto Maka Kotto ... Lanseye Kante
Marianne Basler Marianne Basler ... Marie-France Mariani
Mariam Kaba Mariam Kaba ... Saly
Sam Amidou Sam Amidou ... Diamanati
Mahmoud Zemmouri Mahmoud Zemmouri ... Rachid, le commerçant
Eric Averlant Eric Averlant ... Salim
Paul Le Person Paul Le Person ... Le commandant Dubois
Tom Novembre Tom Novembre ... Le capitaine Albert
Didier Flamand Didier Flamand ... Le lieutenant Joubert
Max Douchin Max Douchin ... Le commandant Bouquet
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Keita Alama Keita Alama ... Djiba
François Berland François Berland ... Le capitaine Joubert
Mamy Camara Mamy Camara ... L'albinos
Moussa Camara Moussa Camara ... Leyba
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The year is 1943 and the place is Balandou, a small village in Guinea. The plot revolves around Adjutant Mariani, some kind of a misfit. Despised by his superiors, hated by his wife Marie-France, he represents colonial France while dreaming of Africa and its mysteries. When pro-independence Lanseye Kante, the new manager of the school, arrives in the village, turmoil arises. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

France | Guinea

Release Date:

15 January 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ebony White Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Conakry, Guinea See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Award: Prix du meilleur premier film francophone (ex-aequo avec "Nord" de Xavier Beauvois) au Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Belgique 1991). See more »

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Amazingly rich metaphor for Africa's colonial struggles
29 January 1999 | by cliff-19See all my reviews

I have come to expect much of west African cinema (esp Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso) films of humble scope and rich characterizations. This is possibly the finest example. The "hero" is a French-educated hothead who can no longer speak his mother tongue. The "villain" is a French military officer who is despised by his peers, but accepted into the secret warrior's guild of the village. It blurs the good guy-bad guy divisions, at least 'til the (cheap gimmick) ending.


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