In the White City

  (Redirected from Dans la ville blanche)

In the White City (French: Dans la ville blanche) is a 1983 Swiss drama film directed by Alain Tanner. It was entered into the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival.[1] The film was selected as the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 56th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2]

In the White City (Dans la ville blanche)
Directed byAlain Tanner
Produced byPaulo Branco
Alain Tanner
António Vaz da Silva
Written byAlain Tanner
StarringBruno Ganz
CinematographyAcácio de Almeida
Edited byLaurent Uhler
Release date
  • 20 April 1983 (1983-04-20)
Running time
108 minutes
LanguagesFrench, German, Portuguese


Paul, a mechanic on an oil tanker, settles in a small bar-hotel during a stopover in Lisbon. He sends 8mm films and letters about his travels to his girlfriend, Élisa, who stays in Switzerland. He encounters a pretty waitress at a bar, Rosa, and they quickly become lovers. Paul continues to write to Élisa describing the whiteness of the city. He meanders through Lisbon where his purpose in life appears to become directionless and he eventually loses contact with Rosa.[3]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1983 Programme". Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  2. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  3. ^ Canby, Vincent (26 September 1983). "'In the White City,' Alain Tanner's Latest". The New York Times.

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