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The Savage State (or L'état sauvage) is a French drama film directed by Francis Girod.

The Savage State
Directed byFrancis Girod
Produced byFrancis Girod
Michel Piccoli
Written byFrancis Girod
Georges Conchon
Based onL'État sauvage
by Georges Conchon
StarringMichel Piccoli
Marie-Christine Barrault
Claude Brasseur
Jacques Dutronc
Music byPierre Jansen
CinematographyPierre Lhomme
Edited byGeneviève Winding
Distributed byGaumont
Release date
April 19, 1978
Running time
115 minutes
Box office$7.7 million[1]


In 1960, Minister of Information of a progressive African state still under French colonial rule, the doctor Patrice Doumbe also fighting against the compromises of his own government. Avit Laurençon happens, international official mission as spouses and Laurence, a French whose connection with Doumbe people talking the colony, under the eyes of his ex-lover, Gravenoire trafficker and Orlaville, the local police commissioner .



Year Award Category Recipient Result
1979 César Awards César Award for Best Sound William Robert Sivel Won
César Award for Best Editing Geneviève Winding Nominated


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