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A Feature film by Bartabas

Produced by mk2

Release in France : 13/10/1993

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Théodore Géricault, a young romantic painter, fascinated by horses, meets the famous trainer, Franconi, director of the Olympic Circus. He installs himself in the Circus and shares their life. With Franconi, Géricault learns to free himself from convention and to consider the horse as almost the only subject for his paintings. The seductive approaches of a young woman rider are not enough to distract Géricault from his fierce determination to fathom the mystery of horses and the challenge to paint them. Franconi asks Géricault : "Do you want to know the secret of galloping ? If the painter had been able to reproduce in his paintings the real movements of galloping horses, he would have had almost a century's lead over his contempories ; he would have taken a prodigious leap forward to the discovery of photography... But while the Géricault of "Mazeppa" is searching for movement, Franconi, like Don Quichotte, is fighting against the progress and speed represented by the first telegraphic semaphores, the forerunners of the telephone and television. For the trainer, these semaphores would be the end of horsemanship...

Full credits (14)

Executive Producer :

Marin Karmitz

Line Producer :

Yvon Crenn

Director of Photography :

Bernard Zitzermann

Production Manager :

Éric Hubert

Editors :

Joseph Licidé, Maguelone Pouget

Music Composer :

Jean-Pierre Drouet

Sound Mixer :

Thierry Lebon

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Bartabas, Claude-Henri Buffard

Screenwriters :

Bartabas, Claude-Henri Buffard

Sound Recordist :

Laurent Poirier

Press Attachés (film) :

Eva Simonet, Laurette Monconduit

Production Designer :

Emile Ghigo

Costume designers :

Marie-Laure Schakmundes, Christine Guégan

Still Photographer :

Jérémie Nassif

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Feature film

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100% French

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1 h 51 min

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Festival Selections

Cannes International Film Festival - 1993

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1993)


Official Competition


Cannes International Film Festival - 1993

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1993)


Grand Prize from the Commission Supérieure Technique : Vincent Arnardi, Jean Gargonne