The Savage State

The Savage State
Directed by Francis Girod
Produced by Francis Girod
Michel Piccoli
Written by Francis Girod
Georges Conchon
Based on L'État sauvage
by Georges Conchon
Starring Michel Piccoli
Marie-Christine Barrault
Claude Brasseur
Jacques Dutronc
Music by Pierre Jansen
Cinematography Pierre Lhomme
Edited by Geneviève Winding
Distributed by Gaumont
Release dates
April 19, 1978
Running time
115 minutes
Language French
Box office $7.7 million[1]

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


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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