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1995

Belgium - France
92min - 35 mm - Color - Scope - Drama
Original language : English (French dubbed version available)

Cast

Stephen Rea
Ling Chu
Adrian Brine

Credits

Director: Marion Hansel

Production Company : MAN'S FILMS PRODUCTIONS
Screenplay : Marion Hänsel

Based on the novel "LI" by Nikos Kavvadias

Image: Bernard Lutic

Editing: Susana Rossberg

 

Festivals & Awards

CANNES 1995 - OFFICIAL SELECTION - IN COMPETITION

BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

a film by :Marion Hänsel

An old freighter, belonging to a company that has gone out of business, drops anchor off Hong-Kong. The crew aboard has to wait a week, or more, to get paid. After that, who knows what lies ahead ? Among the sailors there is Nikos, a radio operator, a man of few words, weary of life, an introvert and opium addict. He meets with Li, a little Chinese girl living on the sampans in the bay of Hong-Kong, doing cleaning work on the ships while they are in port. A friendship arises between this lost man and this bright little girl who will not herself be defeated, who keeps her innocence and faith in life.

French Synopsis :

Un vieux cargo, appartenant à une compagnie maritime qui vient de faire faillite, arrive en rade de Hong-Kong. L’équipage devra attendre une semaine, peut-être plus, avant qu’il soit décidé de son sort. Parmi ces quelques marins, il y a Nikos le radio grec, opiomane, solitaire, blessé au fond du cœur, de l’âme, au bord du gouffre. Il rencontre Li, une enfant chinoise qui vit sur un sampan et travaille en nettoyant les bateaux le temps de leur escale à Hong-Kong. Une amitié va naître entre cet homme perdu et cette enfant qui aurait pu l’être mais qui demeure lumineuse grâce à son innoncence, sa sagesse et sa foi en la vie.

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