India Song

India Song
Director: Marguerite Duras

France, Drama, romance, 1974, 120 min, french with english and lithuanian subtitles, N-16

In south East Asia of the 30's, a love story takes place in the French diplomatic milieu against the detached lonely life in the colony. This poetically and ecstatically powerful film contains obvious literal influences. It also introduced writer Marguerite Duras to the world as a film maker. This film is one of the master pieces of the 70's French cinema, a film that makes an innovative use of the soundtrack and challenges the perception of cinematic time.


1975 - France’s Cinema Academy Grand Prix.

About the director:

Marguerite Duras was born in southern Vietnam in 1914. After high school in Saigon, Ms. Duras left Indochina to study law in Paris. As a young woman, she worked as a secretary in France’s Ministry of Colonies from 1935 to 1941, before becoming a writer. She wrote 34 novels from 1943 to 1993, and became an enduring part of Paris’s intellectual elite. In addition to her writing, she also directed about 16 films. For the film “India Song” (1975), she won France’s Cinema Academy Grand Prix.


Section: Post New Wave: Tribute to Cahiers du Cinema

Screenplay: Marguerite Duras

Dir. of Photography: Bruno Nuytten

Music: Carlos D'Alessio

Cast: Delphine Seyrig, Mathieu Carrière, Michael Lonsdale