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Passage

A Feature film by Juraj Herz

Produced by Films de la Cassine

Release in France : 13/05/1998

    Synopsis

    A gigantic traffic jam, wailing ambulances, honking cars, a looming thunderstorm, a forgotten gift ... It’s the beginning of a completely insane day. In the pouring rain, Michal Forman abandons his stalled car and runs for shelter in an arcade, the “Passage”. The Passage is a labyrinth where every one of us can get lost. It represents a world full of malice and deceit, stupidity and violence, for which we are to blame. If we have any hope at all of returning to a world of true values, we must be able to say “Stop!”

    Actors (5)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Films de la Cassine

    Foreign production companies :

    Etamp Film Praha, Artémis Productions

    French distribution :

    Dune

    Co-production :

    Dune

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Dune

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Subject

    Karel Pecka 's novel appealed to me at once. It inspired me more than anything I'd read since "The Cremator". Through Pecka's book, I felt that there could be moments of alternation between fantasy, eroticism and mystery, moments of realism and imagination... I like the interplay between reality and fiction. I like that duality in a film. I like it when we go on asking questions after the story's over.

    (Juraj Herz - director's note, excerpt from press kit)

    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producers :

    Ève Vercel, Robert Nador

    Director of Photography :

    Jiri Machane

    Press Attachés (film) :

    André-Paul Ricci, Tony Arnoux

    Production Designer :

    Ondrej Nekvasil

    Costume designer :

    Simona Rybakova

    Screenwriter :

    Christian Rullier

    Sound Recordist :

    Harrik Maury

    Editor :

    Jan Svoboda

    Music Composer :

    Zdenek Merta

    Still Photographers :

    Pavel Dias, Michal Fairaizi

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Fantasy

    Production language :

    Czech

    Coproducer countries :

    Czech Republic, Belgium

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Minority French (Czech Republic, Belgium)

    Production year :

    1998

    French release :

    13/05/1998

    Runtime :

    1 h 38 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    88.035

    Visa issue date :

    04/03/1997

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Posters (1)

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