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Kings For a Day

A Feature film by François Velle

Produced by Koba Films, Raphaël Films

Release in France : 11/06/1997

    Synopsis

    In 1989, following the fall of the Berlin Wall, Roman brings his brother Edek from Warsaw to Paris where he promises him a good life. After a few years of odd jobs, Roman makes one last attempt to try to avoid going back to Poland. He passes Edek off as Mr Nielsen, an Icelandic film director, at the first Reims International Film Festival. Despite his initial reluctance, Edek finally plays along. He meets a famous star, Elisabeth Adams, who asks him to direct her next film and he wins the top prize at the festival. When the real Nielsen turns up, he sets the record straight and disappears with Roman. Elisabeth catches up with them in Los Angeles and takes them to Hollywood.

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producers :

    Koba Films, Raphaël Films

    Foreign production company :

    W Productions

    French distribution :

    AB Films

    Co-production :

    TF1 Films Production

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    AB International Distribution

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    International releases (6)

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    Subject

    "The lights have just come back on, the audience is on his feet, the whole team steps onto the stage to thunderous applause : April 18, 1997, Corvin cinema, Budapest, the first official screening of he film abroad, organized by Unifrance. Afterwards came Moscow, Montreal, Shanghai and many other places where the silver screen is celebrated.
    Flashback : almost ten years earlier, a young Polish actor, Mariusz, gave us a ten-page synopsis. We immediatly wanted to make the film but it took seven years to set up three first films in one :
    - Francois's as a director,
    - Mariusz's as main actor,
    - and finally my first production for the cinema.
    Today, the dream has become reality. Life is cinema !
    (Nicolas Velle, producer)

    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producers :

    Nicolas Velle, Ludi Boeken

    Director of Photography :

    Hugues de Haeck

    Production Manager :

    Michel Nicolini

    Production Designer :

    Bertrand L'Herminier

    Costume designer :

    Michèle Richer

    Screenwriters :

    François Velle, Mariusz Pujszo

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Louis Richet

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Jean-Jacques Vannier

    Music Composer :

    Vasilé Sirli

    Still Photographer :

    Jean-Claude Lother

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    Poland, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (Poland, France)

    Production year :

    1996

    French release :

    11/06/1997

    Runtime :

    1 h 35 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    76.584

    Visa issue date :

    21/05/1997

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

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    Festival Selections (2)

    Cairo - International Film Festival - 1997

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1997)

    Selection

    Out of Competition

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1997

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1997)

    Selection

    Out of Competition