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A Self Made Hero

A Self Made Hero

A Feature film by Jacques Audiard

Produced by Alicéleo

Release in France : 15/05/1996

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In the final months of a war that he hasn't fought, in the alien Paris of winter 1944/45, a man decides to become a hero. Or rather to impersonate a hero... to invent a better, richer and more admirable life than the one he has. He becomes a virtuoso liar and, via omissions and allusions, builds up a remarkable character. This man, who is in fact someone else and who had nothing, will obtain everything : honours, admiration, friendship, power, love... but for how long...


"(...) I think is a tale of apprenticeship, the story of a child who enters adulthood. Someone who hasn't had a life and who treats himself to one in crash course. He has to make everything up, so he works, he learns, that's what's sympathetic about him : he's a worker. He isn't very intelligent, brave or ethical but, in the end, in a slightly twisted manner, he obtains some of those qualities."
(Interview with Jacques Audiard by Marie-Noëlle Tranchant - Le Figaro)

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Full credits (20)

Executive Producer :

Patrick Godeau

Author of original work :

Jean-François Deniau

Screenwriters :

Jacques Audiard, Alain Le Henry

Sound Recordist :

Jean-Pierre Duret

Production manager :

Catherine Lapoujade

Editor :

Juliette Welfling

Continuity supervisor :

Claude Luquet

Music Composer :

Alexandre Desplat

Casting :

Serge Onteniente

Sound Mixer :

Dominique Gaborieau

Assistant directors :

Olivier Coutard, Serge Onteniente

Line producer :

Françoise Galfrè

Director of Photography :

Jean-Marc Fabre

Assistant Operators :

Sophie Cadet, Laurent Hincelin

Press Attachés (film) :

François Hassan Guerrar, Catherine Esway

Sound Editor :

Nicolas Naegelen

Production Designer :

Michel Vandestien

Foley artist :

François Lepeuple

Costume designer :

Caroline de Vivaise

Still Photographer :

Jean-Marie Leroy

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Feature film

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100% French

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1 h 45 min

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Posters (1)



Festival Selections (6)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

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

Selection (6)

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Jacques Audiard, Alain Le Henry

Best Editing : Juliette Welfling

Best Original Music : Alexandre Desplat

Best Director : Jacques Audiard

Best Supporting Actress : Sandrine Kiberlain

Best Supporting Actor : Albert Dupontel

Acapulco French Film Festival - 1996

Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1996)


French Feature Films

Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)


Out of Competition

Cannes International Film Festival - 1996

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1996)


Official Competition - Feature Films


Cannes International Film Festival - 1996

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1996)


Best Screenplay Award