Almayer's Folly (film)

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Almayer's Folly
French poster
Directed by Chantal Akerman
Produced by Patrick Quinet
Screenplay by Chantal Akerman
Based on Almayer's Folly
by Joseph Conrad
Starring Stanislas Merhar
Aurora Marion
Marc Barbé
Music by Steve Dzialowski
Edited by Claire Atherton
Liaison Cinématographique
Paradise Films
Distributed by Shellac
Release date
  • 28 September 2011 (2011-09-28)
Country France
Language French

Almayer's Folly (French: La Folie Almayer) is a 2011 drama film directed by Chantal Akerman, starring Stanislas Merhar, Aurora Marion and Marc Barbé. It is an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's 1895 debut novel Almayer's Folly, and tells the story of a Dutchman searching for pirate treasure in Malaysia.[1] The setting has been relocated to 1950s.[2] The film was a coproduction between companies in France and Belgium. It received four Magritte Award nominations.[3]


  • Stanislas Merhar as Almayer
  • Marc Barbé as Captain Lingard
  • Aurora Marion as Nina
  • Zac Andrianasolo as Daïn
  • Sakhna Oum as Zahira
  • Solida Chan as Chen
  • Yucheng Sun as Captain Tom Li
  • Bunthang Khim as Ali


The film was initially under development for Akerman's Belgian company Paradise Films together with Paulo Branco's Alfama Films for a budget of 3,475,000 euro, with a filming start date set to March 2011.[2] Production was eventually led by Patrick Quinet of France's Liaison Cinématographique together with Paradise Films and Artémis Productions. The project received 350,000 euro in advance from the French National Center of Cinematography and 465,000 euro from the Belgian French Community Film and Audiovisual Centre. In addition it was supported through pre-sales investment by Canal+ and CinéCinéma.[1]

Principal photography took place in Cambodia. Filming started 10 November and ended 24 December 2010.[1]


The film received critical acclaim from film critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 100% out of 8 professional critics gave the film a positive review, with a rating average of 9.3/10.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Lemercier, Fabien (14 December 2010). "Akerman shoots Almayer's Folly". Cineuropa. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Lemercier, Fabien (14 June 2010). "CCA Film Selection Committee backs Lanners and Akerman". Cineuropa. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Leurquin, Anne-Sophie (February 2, 2013). "Quatre Magritte pour " A perdre la raison "". Le Soir (in French). Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ Almayer's Folly. Rotten Tomatoes. Flixter. Retrieved 23 March 2013.

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