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The City of Lost Children

The City of Lost Children

A Feature film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro

Produced by Constellation

Release in France : 17/05/1995

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Actors (35)

Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :


Foreign production companies :

TMG - Tele-München Group, Elias Querejeta PC

French distribution :

Fox France

Co-productions :

STUDIOCANAL, France 3 Cinéma, Lumière International

Film exports/foreign sales :

StudioCanal Films Limited

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On a mist-shrouded rig in the sea, beyond an old minefield, Krank ages prematurely because he lacks one vital function : the ability to dream. And so he kidnaps children from the harbour town, to steal their happy dreams from them...


"It all started with an engraving by Gustave Dore and turned into 5,000 square metres of fake polystyrene bricks. Then, after fantasizing over paintings of De Chirico, we had more than 50 painters and sculptors working as craftsmen of mold, rust and humidiy. The set for "The City of Lost Children" was the object of a permanent exchange with Caro and Jeunet concerning the right atmosphere. We came out with references as varied and precise as Otto Dix and G. D. Friedrich, Gustave Eifffel, the streets of the Casbah, the London docks or the canals of Venice... One hell of mix... that we forgot as soon as possible to find the set's own logic, volume and colour. We set out with strong desires, the dreams of spoiled brats, and ended up in Europe's largest studio in Arpajon, a fundamental decision to make shooting as easy and fast as possible (...). A lot of people and work but with everyone highly motivated to create the setting for such a beautiful and surprising tale."
(Jean Rabasse - Set Designer)

Full credits (23)

Executive Producer :

Claudie Ossard

Dialogue Writers :

Gilles Adrien, Guillaume Laurant

Foreign Producer :

Elias Querejeta

Director of Photography :

Darius Khondji

Assistant Operators :

Adrien Angliviel, Sophie Cadet, Philippe Le Sourd

Production Manager :

Daniel Szuster

Editor :

Hervé Schneid

Assistant editor :

Katia Besimensky

Production Designer :

Jean Rabasse

Costume designer :

Jean-Paul Gaultier

Sound Mixer :

Thierry Lebon

Location Manager :

Guillaume Favreau

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Gilles Adrien

Screenwriters :

Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro, Gilles Adrien

Voice :

Jean-Louis Trintignant

Sound recordists :

Pierre Excoffier, Gérard Hardy

Camera Operator :

Marc Koninckx

Press Attaché (film) :

Claude Davy

Sound Editor :

Laurent Kossayan

Continuity supervisor :

Aruna Villiers

Music Composer :

Angelo Badalamenti

Make-up Artist :

Nathalie Tissier

Still Photographer :

Éric Caro

Technical details

Feature film

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Sub-genre :

Legend, Science fiction

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Coproducer countries :

France, Spain, Germany

Original French-language productions :


Nationality :

Majority French (France, Spain, Germany)

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French release :


Runtime :

1 h 52 min

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Audio format :

Dolby SR

Posters (10)

Directors (2)


Festival Selections (3)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1996

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1996)

Selection (4)

Best Production Design : Jean Rabasse

Best Costume Design : Jean-Paul Gaultier

Best Cinematography : Darius Khondji

Best Original Music : Angelo Badalamenti

Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1995

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1995)


Feature Films

Cannes International Film Festival - 1995

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1995)


Official Competition - Feature Films


Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1996

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1996)


César award for best production design : Jean Rabasse