Director: Tony Gatlif
Feature film | F | 1992
100 min | Dolby SR
51st Hof International Film Festival
Stéphane, a young Frenchman from Paris, travels to Romania looking for the legendary singer Nora Luca, a Romni about whom his father used to talk so much before he died. One night, wandering along a frozen road, he meets old Izidor, a Rom, who takes Stéphane to his village, determined to teach him the Romani language. The other Roma dislike Stéphane at first, but gradually, through his interest in their music and culture, they come to accept him. The only person who speaks any French is Sabina, as independent as she is passionate, who lived in Belgium for a while and now acts as his interpreter. Together they take trips across the countryside to record traditional Romani music. And slowly Stéphane finds his place in this world of suspicion and reticence and learns the true meaning of tolerance.