The Dangers of Valor: Bertrand Tavernier’s Capitaine Conan

Conan2Director :Bertrand Tavernier | First release: 1996 |Casting: Philippe Torreton, Samuel Le Bihan, Bernard Le Coq |Duration: 2h9min |Genre: fiction, war | French with English subtitles

Synopsis : This movie is a rare occasion to be both entertained by elaborate and spectacular action scenes which are the heart of the film and questioned by the deep reflection on how to keep your humanity in such inhumane surroundings.

Even though World War I is over, French troops are still fighting on the Bulgarian border. There, a band of ferocious soldiers are led by Capt. Conan (Philippe Torreton), a battle-hardened veteran who’s both a nuisance to his superiors and a hero to his men. But when the rogue commander leads his men on unauthorized raids against civilians, his soldiers are targeted for investigation by Lt. Norbert (Samuel Le Bihan), a by-the-book officer who is also Conan’s best friend…

Accolades : The film has received
César Awards, France 1997 | Total 9 Nominations | Won César Best Actor (Meilleur acteur) Philippe Torreton | Best Director (Meilleur réalisateur) | Bertrand Tavernier Tied with Patrice Leconte for Ridicule (1996).
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics 1997 | Won Critics Award Best Film Bertrand Tavernier
Denver International Film Festival 1997 | Won Krzysztof Kieslowski Award Bertrand Tavernier | Won People’s Choice Award Feature Film Bertrand Tavernier
European Film Awards 1997 | Nominated European Film Award European Actor of the Year | European Film of the Year
San Sebastián International Film Festival 1996 | Won FIPRESCI Prize Bertrand Tavernier Tied with The Emperor’s Shadow (1996).| Won Solidarity Award Bertrand Tavernier |Won Special Mention Best Production Design Guy-Claude François | Nominated Golden Seashell Bertrand Tavernier
Cabourg Romantic Film Festival 1997 | Won Best Actor Philippe Torreton
Cannes Film Festival 2003 | Won DVD Design Award Tied with The Sixth Sense (1999).