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Deluge (The)

A Feature film by Igor Minaiev

Produced by Erato Films

Release in France : 03/05/1995

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Actors (5)

Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Erato Films

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French distribution :

Rezo Films

Co-productions :

R films, Camélia Films, Arte France Cinéma, Ima Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

StudioCanal Films Limited

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Petrograd - 1920. Although Sophia and Trofim Ivanytch have been married a long time, she has never been able to bear him a child ; he finds this unforgiveable. Desperately afraid of losing her husband, Sophia agrees to adapt on orphon : a thirteen-year-old girl. Years later, the adolescent becomes Trofim's mistress. As the waters of the Neva break their banks ans flood the city, Sophia's despoir turns to hatred. She must get rid of this untruder to recover the man she loves...


"The two stories of "The deluge" - that of the novel and that of the film - reflect in one another. Zamyatin's "The Deluge" was published in Russia in 1929. In 1931, he went into exil in France. In 1935-36, Zamyatin wrote the screenplay for "The Lower Depths", based on Gorky's play, for Jean Renoir. One year later, he died, unknown in France and banned in Russia. Half a century later, Isabelle Huppert discovered Zamyatin's novel. She fell in love with it and immediately wanted to play the character of Sophia (...). I consider Isabelle to be a true Sophia. We shot in Petrograd - Leningrad - St Petersburg. We spoke Russian, we spoke French... We went to Petrograd - Leningrad - St Petersburg like in the novel. In Moscow, we created a "little Petrograd" on gigantic sets. And we used artificial snow in the studio when it was snowing outside..."

(Igor Minaïev)

Full credits (13)

Executive Producer :

Daniel Toscan du Plantier

Author of original work :

Evgueni Zamiatine

Screenwriters :

Igor Minaiev, Jacques Baynac

Sound Recordist :

Igor Ourvantzev

Editors :

Cristiana Tullio-Altan, Noëlle Boisson

Music Composer :

Anatoli Dergatchev

Still Photographers :

Eric Robert, Eléna Semina

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Bernard Stora

Line Producer :

Georges Benayoun

Director of Photography :

Vladimir Pankov

Press Attaché (film) :

Marie-Christine Damiens

Production Designers :

Vladimir Mourzine, Ilya Amoursky

Costume designer :

Emma Begliarova

Technical details

Feature film

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Psychological drama

Production language :

French, Russian

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Majority French (Russia)

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Runtime :

1 h 39 min

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