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The Apartment

A Feature film by Gilles Mimouni

Produced by Ima Films

Release in France : 02/10/1996

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Actors (8)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Ima Films

Foreign production companies :

Mate Production, Cecchi Gori Group

Co-productions :

M6 Films, UGC Images, Arte France Cinéma

Film exports/foreign sales :

StudioCanal Films Limited

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A few days in the life of Max. The memories of the past catch up with him just as he is about to get married... Believing that he recognizes the voice of Lisa whom he was in love with a few years before, he sets off to look for her. Five characters trapped in an adventure, a sentimental thriller, a romantic comedy that could seem like a tale, a dream or a nightmare. Blinded by their feelings, tricked by their senses, they try to understand what is happening to them... But, as a Chinese proverb says, the darkest spot is always beneath the lamp.


"A chilly early morning in Sundance, Utah, a western village surrounded by mountains. Imagine a mini-Cannes Festival in Chamonix. The screening of "The Apartment" is set for that very evening and my nerves are starting to fray... I wanted to come to Sundance without knowing much about it, apart from the fact that it had been founded by Robert Redford and that first films were shown there. The festival is above all devoted to American independent cinema, with a panorama of world cinema. By chance, Geoffrey Gilfore, director of this last section, saw my film in San Sebastian and decided to screen it. I learnt later that is was to feature in the “Première” category (with around fifteen English-language films) and that this was a first for a French movie.The two screenings went well. It's thrilling to see an American audience take pleasure in a film like mine and relate to the story and characters. Throughout the day, people greeted us in a friendly manner. Then night fell, a blizzard started blowing and I suddenly had the feeling that I was in the Coen Brothers' "Fargo"..."
(Gilles Mimouni)

Full credits (13)

Executive Producer :

Georges Benayoun

Screenwriter :

Gilles Mimouni

Sound recordists :

Éric Devulder, Ken Yasumoto

Press Attaché (film) :

Isabelle Sauvanon

Production Designer :

Philippe Chiffre

Costume designer :

Laurence Heller

Still Photographer :

Jean-Paul Dumas - Grillet

Line producer :

Elisabeth Deviosse

Director of Photography :

Thierry Arbogast

Production manager :

Michèle Arnould

Editors :

Caroline Biggerstaff, Françoise Bonnot

Music Composer :

Peter Chase

Sound Mixer :

Thierry Lebon

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Feature film

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Spain, Italy, France

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Majority French (Spain, Italy, France)

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1 h 56 min

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Festival Selections (6)

Moscow - International Film Festival - 1999

Moscow - International Film Festival (Russia, 1999)



Cairo - International Film Festival - 1997

Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1997)


Out of Competition

Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)


Cinema of Tomorrow

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1997)

Selection (2)

Best first picture : Gilles Mimouni

Most Promising Actress : Monica Bellucci