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Irma Vep

Irma Vep

A Feature film by Olivier Assayas

Produced by Dacia Films

Release in France : 13/11/1996

    Synopsis

    Maggie Cheung is a martial arts movie star from Hong Kong. She has just arrived in Paris to play the lead role in a TV-remake of the 1915 silent movie serial "Vampires" by Louis Feuillade, to be directed by René Vidal. Maggie is to reinterpret the part originally played by Musidora as a modern Irma Vep more in the style of Catwoman in Batman 2. Alone in Paris without a word of French, struggling to communicate in awkward English with people who speak it no better than she, Maggie muddles through the mists of jetlag and the ups and downs of daily life on the shoot, trying to figure out what people really want from her.

    Actors (29)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Dacia Films

    French distribution :

    Haut et Court

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Haut et Court

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    Subject

    "The first thing one notices about "Irma Vep" is that Olivier Assayas' register hasn't simply widened, it's moved into a league of its own. By one knows not what stroke of magic, here's a director who has returned with something entirely new: an oblique viewpoint, a nervous acidity, balanced, slender humour. (...) What the film handles with such joyful elegance is the evocation of a domain cinema fights most shy of: the world of cinema itself. (...)"

    (Olivier Séguret - Libération)

    Full credits (17)

    Executive Producer :

    Georges Benayoun

    Screenwriter :

    Olivier Assayas

    Sound Recordist :

    Philippe Richard

    Production manager :

    Sylvie Barthet

    Sound editor :

    Marie-Christine Ratel

    Continuity supervisor :

    Edmée Doroszlai

    Music Composer :

    Philippe Richard

    Costume designers :

    Françoise Clavel, Jessica Doyle

    Still Photographer :

    Isabelle Weingarten

    Line Producer :

    Françoise Guglielmi

    Director of Photography :

    Éric Gautier

    Assistant Operator :

    Stéphane Fontaine

    Editor :

    Luc Barnier

    Assistant editor :

    Tina Baz Le Gal

    Production Designers :

    François-Renaud Labarthe, Yann Richard

    Casting :

    Pierre Amzallag

    Sound Mixer :

    William Flageollet

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Themes :

    Cinema, Femininity, Mystery

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1996

    French release :

    13/11/1996

    Runtime :

    1 h 38 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    89.375

    Visa issue date :

    13/11/1996

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.66

    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD