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The Truce

A Feature film by Francesco Rosi

Release in France : 03/11/1997

    Synopsis

    "The Truce" is an adaptation of Primo Levi's novel: the tale of a return home, a long odyssey through Europe between war and peace. It's the account of a journey that starts in the gloomy mists of Auschwitz, before continuing in the Krakow black markets and the sorting camps of Katowice, following the battles of the Red Army through the ruins of Russia. "The Truce" tells the story of a group of concentration camp prisoners who are unwittingly brought together on the roads of Central Europe and who rediscover the world, life and ways of surviving. When the Russians free the camp at Auschwitz, Primo Levi, the young Italian chemist, is almost mute. On the long march from Zmerinka to Staryje Doroghi, he recovers the desire to live. After this long physical and mental journey, Primo starts writing. To bear witness to the horror that he has lived through and for the lost souls that are no more...

    Actors (9)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-productions :

    UGC Images, France 2 Cinéma, Stephan-Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Capitol Films, Wide

    Foreign production company :

    3 Emme Cinematografica

    French distribution :

    Pathé Distribution

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    Subject

    "When I saw Spielberg's film "Schindler List", I wondered which European director could talk about Holocaust survivors. As a Polish Jew born in France, I often felt the desire and almost the duty to try to myself but the idea of going anywhere near a concentration camp and shouting "Action" simply paralysed me... When Leo Pescarolo, my co-producer on "Farinelli", asked me to co-produce "The Truce" with him - the true story of Primo Levi's return - directed by Francesco Rosi... I accepted immediately ! A talented director with enough distance to tackle this key book ! The film is one more stone in the monument raised to the memory of the Holocaust. It honours European cinema." (Vera Belmont)

    Full credits (10)

    Author of original work :

    Primo Levi

    Directors of Photography :

    Pasqualino de Santis, Marco Pontecorvo

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Bruno Barde

    Production Designer :

    Andrea Crisanti

    Costume designer :

    Alberto Verso

    Screenwriters :

    Francesco Rosi, Stephano Rulli, Sandro Petraglia

    Sound Recordist :

    Alain Curvelier

    Editors :

    Ruggero Mastroianni, Bruno Sarandrea

    Music Composer :

    Luis Bacalov

    Still Photographer :

    Piero Marsili Libelli

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    Italian

    Coproducer countries :

    Italy, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Minority French (Italy, France)

    Production year :

    1997

    French release :

    03/11/1997

    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    89.129

    Visa issue date :

    03/11/1997

    Approval :

    Yes

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Director

    Festival Selections

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1997

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1997)

    Selection

    Official Competition - Feature Films