Korkoro ( “Freedom” in Romany ) is a dramatic film French of 2009 , written and directed by Tony Gatlif , starring French actors Marc Lavoine , Marie-Josee Croze and James Thiérrée . It was premiered at the Montreal International Film Festival , where it won the Grand Prize of the Americas and other awards. 1He also received mostly positive reviews from critics, including praise for having an unusually quiet pace despite being a movie about the Holocaust . 2 It was released in France as Liberté in February 2010.

Based on an anecdote about World War II by the gypsy historian Jacques Sigot, the film is inspired by the true story of a gypsy who managed to escape from the Nazis with the help of some kind Frenchmen. 3 Korkoro has been called “a rare kinematic tribute” to those killed in the Porraimos (the gypsy Holocaust ). 4


In rural France during World War II , a French boy, Claude (Mathias Laliberté), escapes from an orphanage and chooses the nomadic lifestyle of the gypsies . He finds in his path a gypsy caravan , composed of a family of twenty men, women and children, 3 who decides to adopt him.

The caravan sets up camp on the outskirts of a small wine village with the aim of seeking casual employment in the vineyards and sell their products. The people, as was the trend then, is divided into two factions: one welcomes the gypsies, while the other sees them as an intrusion. The mayor, Théodore Rosier ( Marc Lavoine ), who also serves as veterinarian, and Mademoiselle Lundi ( Marie-Josée Croze ), a schoolteacher at the same time as city council official, belong to the friendly sector. Lundi processes the passports of the gypsy group, which was the means then used by the French gendarmerie to control their movements. 2

Subsequently, when Rosier has an accident outside the village, he is rescued by the gypsies, who treat the mayor with his traditional healing practices. Rosier returns the favor by selling her father’s house in an attempt to protect them from the fascist police from imprisoning the homeless. Lundi decides to provide formal education to Roma children, who enroll in school; However, these friendly gestures are not well received by gypsies, who love freedom and understand life in a fixed place and formal education with rules as a condition no better than imprisonment.

The Nazis capture not only the gypsies, but also Rosier and Lundi, accusing them of being members of the French Resistance , and the concentration camps appear . 5


Year Prize Category Work Result Ref.
2009 Montreal International Film Festival Grand Prix of the Americas Korkoro Winner 6 7
Audience Award, International Korkoro Winner 6
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special mention Korkoro Winner 6
2010 Pessac international festival of the history film Audience Award Korkoro Winner Referring to Fig.
MedFilm Festival Special mention Korkoro Winner Referring to Fig.
The Time for Peace Film and Music Awards Best Film and Director Tony Gatlif Nominated 10
2011 César Awards Best music written for a movie Tony Gatlif,
Delphine Mantoulet
Nominated eleven


  1. Back to top↑ Cox, Gordon (February 23, 2011). “Lorber Takes US rights to ‘Korkoro ‘ ‘ . Variety (New York) . Retrieved on July 7, 2011 .
  2. ↑ Jump to:a Saltz b , Rachel (March 24, 2011). «Stories of War Through Gypsy Lens» . The New York Times . Retrieved on July 15, 2011 .
  3. ↑ Jump to:a b Nyiri, Mary (2010). “It’s Only a Movie: Film Review of Kokoro (Freedom) .” KinoCritics . Hamburg . Retrieved on July 15, 2011 .
  4. Back to top^ Tobias, Scott (March 24, 2011). « ‘ Korkoro’: Freedom’s Music, Amid The Din Of War» . NPR . Retrieved on July 15, 2011 .
  5. Back to top↑ Malone, Fr. Peter (February 11, 2011). «Film: Korkoro» . Independent Catholic News (London) . Retrieved on July 15, 2011 .
  6. ↑ Jump to:a b c Knegt, Peter (September 8, 2009). ” ” Korkoro “Montreal World Fest Leads Winners’ . IndieWire . Retrieved on July 15, 2011 .
  7. Back to top↑ Vlessing, Etan (September 7, 2009). « ‘ Korkoro’ tops Montreal fest» . The Hollywood Reporter (Los Angeles) . Retrieved on July 15, 2011 .
  8. Back to top↑ Web Archives. Past winners . International Festival of the History of Pessac . Retrieved on July 15, 2011 .
  9. Back to top↑ Web Archives (2010). «Winners of MedFilm Festival, 2010» . MedFilm Festival . Retrieved on July 15, 2011 .
  10. Back to top↑ WebArchives (2010). Nominees List . Time for Peace . Archived from the original on November 26, 2015 . Retrieved on July 15, 2011 .
  11. Back to top↑ «The list of nominations for the Caesar» . Le Nouvel Observateur (Paris). January 21, 2011 . Retrieved on July 15, 2011 .