Scene from the film Clandestins
Scene from the film Clandestins
Scene from the film Clandestins
Scene from the film Clandestins
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  • Switzerland
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • France
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A port in the north of Europe. Sandu, a 13-year-old gypsy, wants to get to Canada. He is not the only one. Five other men and a woman are also stowaways. Six people, six lives, six des- tinies and one single wish: to reach the other side, where life is better. The voyage normally takes a week – a week to hide in a container, thirsty, hungry and above all afraid. Afraid of cracking up, going mad, and worse still of not arriving. Ever. A kind of hell. The ship’s engine breaks down. With nothing to eat, the stowaways are tempted to leave their hideaway. But the crew is on guard. Their orders are clear: no stowaway must ever reach Canada...

We kindly thank Say the SAME Subtitles and the Cineneteca Nacional de Uruguay for providing Spanish subtitles for this title.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Silvain Brault
  • Editing
    Christian Marcotte
  • Music
    Bill Laswell
  • Sound
    Paul Lainé
  • Duration
    99 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Switzerland
    • Belgium
    • Canada
    • France
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Montréal FF
    • Toronto FF
    • Internationale Filmtage Hof
    • Sundance
    • Thessaloniki FF
    • Chicago FF
    • New Dehli FF
  • Awards
    • Bayard d’or | Festival International du Film de Namur
    • Audience Award | Festival International du Film de Namur
    • Prix Emile Cantillon | Locarno is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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