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The Thousand Wonders of the Universe

The Thousand Wonders of the Universe

A Feature film by Jean-Michel Roux

Produced by Compagnie des Images

Release in France : 23/07/1997

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Actors (6)

Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Compagnie des Images

Foreign production companies :

Productions EGM, Transfilm International

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Co-productions :

France 3 Cinéma, Lumière International

Film exports/foreign sales :

StudioCanal Films Limited

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For the first time ever, the planet Earth has picked up a codel message from outer space. Manking is terrified by the idea of an extra-terrestrial invasion. A few months later, the twelve thousand inhabitants of Sepulveda suddenly vanish. This transit and free-trade harbour town, notorious for smuggling and bordellos, is put in quarantine. Magnetic disturbances and light phenomena make military and political leaders think that an extra-terrestrial attack is imminent and order Professor Larsen, a renowned astro-physicist and UFO expert, to make a rapid investigation in the ghost city.


"In November 1992, NASA officially announced the launch of the Mega-Seti programme to listen to the universe in an attempt to detect intelligent alien life-forms. Extra-terrestrials became a serious subject of study for the military and governments and this original situation inspired the first version of the screenplay written with Régine Abadia. At the same time, I met the various producers of the film and we were all fired by the desire to make a fantastic adventure movie in France today." (Jean-Michel Roux)

Offical Selection

1997 Bruxelles
1997 Sao Paulo
1998 Malmö – "Best Movie"
1998 Porto
1998 Rome  – "Best Movie" and "Mélies d’argent"
1998 Helsinki
1999 Reykjavik

Photos (6)

Full credits (9)

Executive Producer :

François Fries

Director of Photography :

Michel Amathieu

Editor :

Jean Beaudoin

Production Designer :

André Chamberland

Still Photographer :

Jan Thijs

Screenwriters :

Jean-Michel Roux, Régine Abadia, Alexis Galmot

Sound recordists :

Bruno Tarrière, Yvon Benoit

Sound Editor :

Pierre Choukroun

Costume designer :

Marga Binoux

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Feature film

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Majority French

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1 h 27 min

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