The Lion Child
Fiction / France / 1993 / 1h26 / French Version
Original Title : L’Enfant lion
Distribution : Tamasa Distribution
Production : Les Films du Dauphin, Canal+, Odessa Films, RGP Productions et Skyline
Script : Catherine K. Galodé
Interpretation : Mathurin Sinze, Sophie-Véronique Toué Tagbé, Souleyman Koli
Photography : Jean-Michel Humeau
Editing : Sean Barton, Yann Dedet et Terry Stokes
Music : Steve Hillage et Salif Keita
In West Africa, between the two Volta rivers, Oulé the child and Sirga the lioness are born on the same day. They grow up together, until one day the lions run away : the horseriders put the village to fire and the sword and take hold of the children to sell them as slaves. Young Oulé, strong as a lion, tries to regain his homeland.
Grandperret was born in Saint-Maur-les-Fossés in 1946. He discovered cinema as a unit still photographer after his studies at the ESSEC. Then he became an assistant director and worked with Maurice Pialat – among others – on the films Graduate First (1979) and Loulou (1980). In 1981, he made Short Circuit, which was awarded the Prix Jean-Louis Bory. His following film Mona and I was awarded the Prix Jean-Vigo in 1990, and he came to fame in 1993 with The Lion Child. Africa remained at the heart of his two following films : Le Maître des éléphants (1995) and the thriller Les Victimes in 1996. While making short films and TV films, Patrick Grandperret also made appearances as an actor in Claire Denis’s I Can’t Sleep, (1994) and Jean-François Stévenin’s Mischka (2002). In 2006, he decided to take over the late Maurice Pialat’s unfinished project, Murderers, which was presented in Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section.
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