The Dragon of Calais

Auteur documentary – 52′ – 2020


This choral film presents an intimate portrait of the city of Calais, whose citizens’ lives will soon be turned upside down by a major cultural event : the arrival of a wooden and steel Sea Dragon, the symbol of the city’s redevelopment plan. For the project, Calais’ mayor commissioned Fraçois Delarozière, famous artistic director of the Nantes-based company “la Machine”. In parallel to the secret construction of the Dragon, and against the backdrop of a still palpable immigration crisis, residents’ perspectives shed light on the challenges that confront their city.


Emilien Cancet


Emilien Cancet & Dominique Deluze


Xbo films, France 3 Hauts de France & Pictanovo

with the support of Procirep, Angoa, CNC, Région Occitanie Pyrénées- Méditerranée and Pictanovo. With the participation of La Machine and La ville de Calais