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SWING

by Tony Gatlif

synopsis

Max, an only child, is about ten years old. He becomes an avid fan of gypsy jazz the day he hears the virtuoso guitar player Miraldo strumming the chords. This music becomes his passion and leads him to the gypsy section of town where he buys an old guitar. While taking guitar lessons with Miraldo, Max discovers a whole new world, including Swing, a gypsy girl his age. They become fast friends. Swing's unusual self-assurance and animal magnetism enthrall Max. But Swing has a big surprise in store for her friend, one that turns Max's world upside down and throws him headlong into his first crush.

international title: Swing
original title: Swing
country: France, Japan
sales agent: Pyramide International
year: 2001
genre: fiction
directed by: Tony Gatlif
film run: 90'
release date: FR 20/03/02, BE 17/04/02, CZ 09/05/02, IT 23/08/02, DE 19/09/02, NL 09/01/03, GR 18 /04/03, AT 23/05/03
screenplay: Tony Gatlif
cast: Oscar Copp, Lou Rech, Tchavolo Schmitt, Mandino Reinhardt, Abdellatif Chaarani, Fabiène Mai, Ben Zimet, Hélène Mershtein
cinematography by: Claude Garnier
film editing: Monique Dartonne
art director: Denis Mercier
music: Tony Gatlif, Mandino Reinhardt, Tchavolo Schmitt, Abdellatif Chaarani
producer: Tony Gatlif
production: Princes Films, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC), Canal+, Nikkatsu Corporation (JP)
distributor: Pyramide Distribution, Filmcooperative (CH), Progres Films (BE), Artcam Praha (CZ), Mikado (IT), Arsenal Filmverleih (DE), Contact Film Cinematheek (NL), Association des cinéclub Slovaques (SK), Rosebud Motion Pictures (GR), Polyfilm (AT),
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