Epithete Films is an independent movie production company that specializes in feature films, run by Frédéric Brillion and Gilles Legrand.



Synopsis  /  The year is 1943 and the place is Balandou, a small village in Guinea. The plot revolves around Adjutant Mariani, some kind of a misfit. Despised by his superiors, hated by his wife Marie-France, he represents colonial France while dreaming of Africa and its mysteries. When pro-independence Lanseye Kante, the new manager of the school, arrives in the village, turmoil arises.

Directed by / 

Cheick Doukouré

Written by / 

Cheick Doukouré, Guy Zilbertstein

Cast / 

Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Maka Kotto, Marianne Basler, Mariam Kaba, Tom Novembre

Coproduction / 

Epithète Films, Ramsès, Office National du Cinéma Guinéen

International sales / 

Le Petit Bureau

Release date / 

15 January 1992

Awards and festivals / 

  • Grand Prix Spécial du Jury au Festival International de Namur 1992
  • Grand Prix Festival francophone de Saint-Martin, 1992
  • Sélection officielle Festival du film de Montréal 1992