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A Feature film by Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou

Produced by Galatée Films

Release in France : 20/11/1996

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Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Galatée Films

Foreign production companies :

Urania Film, Les Productions JMH, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse

French distribution :

Bac Films Distribution

Co-productions :

France 2 Cinéma, Bac Films Distribution, Delta Images

Film exports/foreign sales :

FTD International Cinéma

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An hour and a quarter on an unknown planet : the Earth seen on a minute scale. The inhabitants : outlandish creatures, insects and other grass and water animals. The scenery : the impenetrable forests of grass, dew-drops as big as balloons... The film explores this new world - an ordinary meadow - over the course of a summer's day : a day, a night and a second dawn. But a single day is like a season in this minute world. A whole decade for an insect whose life-span can be counted in weeks.


"Microcosmos" was one of the unexpected surprises of the 1996 Cannes Festival. It was totally different from the films normally screened there and the quality of the footage of this "microcosmic" realm was exceptional. The whole world started expressing interest in the film. In Switzerland, it met with phenomenal success, second in the box-office even before its French release. In Germany, with 600,000 tickets sold, "Microcosmos" was one of the top French films of the last five years. It subsequently met with equal success in many other countries : South Korea, Greece, Great Britain, Lebanon... In September 1997, it will be released in Japan. "Microcosmos" has made an impact all over the world. This unusual, attractive, and unexpected film has become a phenomenon. it was a genuine surprise. We had always believed in it but we were the only ones ! We knew that the film had enormous potential but, unfortunately, each films is a special case. A film's career abroad does not depend solely on its merits. For everything to come together to make it a worldwide hit, it needs luck too. "Microcosmos" had luck."
(Jacques-Eric Strauss - Président Films)

Full credits (8)

Executive Producer :

Jacques Perrin

Directors of Photography :

Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou, Hugues Ryffel, Thierry Machado

Press Attachés (film) :

Eva Simonet, Nathalie Gorgon

Music Composer :

Bruno Coulais

Technical details

Feature film

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Science and nature

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Coproducer countries :

Switzerland, Italy, France

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Nationality :

Majority French (Switzerland, Italy, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 15 min

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Audio format :

Dolby SRD

Directors (2)

News (5)

Festival Selections (5)

Punta Del Este - International Film Festival - 1998

Punta Del Este - International Film Festival (Uruguay, 1998)


Films selected

Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1997

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1997)


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)


Out of Competition

Awards (2)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

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

Awards (5)

Cesar Award for Best Producer : Jacques Perrin

César award for best sound : Philippe Barbeau, Bernard Leroux, Laurent Quaglio

César award for best editing : Florence Ricard, Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte

César award for best cinematography : Thierry Machado, Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou, Hugues Ryffel

César award for best music written for a film : Bruno Coulais

Cannes International Film Festival - 1996

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1996)


Grand Prize from the Commission Supérieure Technique


Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

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

Team (8)

Editor : Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte

Composer of original music : Bruno Coulais

Sound recordist : Bernard Leroux

Director of photography : Hugues Ryffel

Director : Claude Nuridsany

Director : Marie Perennou

Director of photography : Thierry Machado

Editor : Florence Ricard