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Irma Vep

Irma Vep

A Feature film by Olivier Assayas

Produced by Dacia Films

Release in France : 13/11/1996

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Dacia Films

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Haut et Court

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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.


"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

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Feature film

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Cinema, Femininity, Mystery

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 38 min

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Dolby SRD