Fort Saganne: French civilization in the desert. Saganne is of peasant stock, with courage and a forceful will. In 1911, he volunteers and is posted to the Sahara under the aristocratic Colonel Dubreuilh. He catches the eye of Madeline, the daughter of the regional administrator. In the desert, Saganne is a leader, with the respect of Arabs, including Amajan, an independent warrior. After resourceful campaigns, Saganne goes on a diplomatic mission to Paris, where he has an affair with a journalist. Back in Africa, he leads a gallant defense against Sultan Omar, is awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour, and marries Madeline. Then the Great War puts at risk his success and happiness.
Cast : Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Rethi, Charles Marosi, El Kebir, Ernest von Rintelen, Florent Pagny, Gerard Depardieu, Hippolyte Girardot, Jean-Laurent Cochet, Jean-Louis Richard, Lounès Tazairt, Med Salah Cheurfi, Michel Duchaussoy, Philippe Deplanche, Philippe Noiret, Pierre Tornade, Rene Clermont, Robin Renucci, Roger Dumas, Saïd Amadis, Salah Teskouk, Sophie Grimaldi, Sophie Marceau, Tatiana Vialle, Teddy Bilis, Zakia Tahri