White Material

TitleWhite Material
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsDenis, Claire
Running Time106 min
Date Released09/2009
DistributorWild Bunch Distribution
Publication Languagefra

An allegory of the failed state of colonialism, a white woman's refusal to leave her coffee plantation in a fictional African country brings the civil war to her. Warned by French officials and military to leave, Maria is determined to see the harvest through to earn profits and keep her land. Rebels overthrow her claims to the land and her family in violent ways.


Isabelle Huppert

Christophe Lambert

Nicolas Duvauchelle

William Nadylam

Michel Subor

Isaach de Bankolé

Adèle Ado

Ali Barkaī

Jean-Marie Ahanda

Martin Poulibe

Patrice Eya

Serge Mong

Mama Njouam

Thomas Dumerchez

Christine-Ange Tatah


IFC Films and Why Not Productions presents, a co-production of Why Not Productions, Wild Bunch, France 3 Cinéma, and in association with Canal+, France Télévisions, TPS Star, and Centre National de la Cinématographie and Les Films Terre Africaine, Cinémage 2, et Sofica UGC 1

directed by Claire Denis

written by Clair Denis and Marie N'Diaye

produced by Pascal Caucheteux

cinematography by Yves Cape

editing by Guy Lecorne

original music by Tindersticks

production design by Saint-Père Abiassi

costume design by Judy Shrewsbury



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