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by Eliane de Latour


Two friends named Shad and Otho leave the Ivory Coast to find their fortunes in Europe. They hope to return to their land like shining heroes – just like the warriors in their ancestors’ myths. In Spain, the two start running a taxi service for other illegal immigrants, until, one day the police suddenly put in an appearance at a birthday party. Shad manages to escape, but Otho is arrested and deported to Abidjan. Things look bad for Otho. Neither his friends nor his relatives want anything more to do with him...

international title: Birds of Heaven
original title: Les Oiseaux du ciel
country: France, United Kingdom, Côte d'Ivoire
year: 2005
genre: fiction
directed by: Eliane de Latour
film run: 109'
screenplay: Eliane de Latour
cast: Fraser James, Djédjé Apali, Marie-Josée Croze, Sara Martins, Tella Kpomahou, Lucien Jean-Baptiste, Malik Zidi, Kad Merad
cinematography by: Renaud Chassaing
film editing: Nelly Quettier
art director: Daniel Bevan
costumes designer: Maï Félicité, Pascale Paoli, Souleyman Guindo
music: Tiken Jah Fakoly
producer: Cat Villiers, Christopher Simon, Pascal Judelewicz, Emma Hayter
production: Les Films de Cinéma, ARTE France Cinéma, CNRS Images (FR), Kings Road Picture Company (GB), Autonomous, Djalimage (CI)
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