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The Dreamlife of Angels

A Feature film by Érick Zonca

Produced by Les Productions Bagheera

Release in France : 16/09/1998

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Actors (4)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Les Productions Bagheera

Film exports/foreign sales :

Wide, The Bureau Sales

Co-productions :

France 3 Cinéma, Diaphana Films

French distribution :

Diaphana Films

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Synopsis

Isa, 20, owns nothing but the contents of her backpack and a generally cheerful, “grin and bear it” attitude to life. Bumming her way from town to town, living from hand to mouth, she washes up in Lille. Everywhere she goes, she adds a new block to the structure she is building, patiently and instinctively, out of her curiosity and generosity. In Lille she meets Marie, a girl from the north of France, aged 20 like her and a loner like her, but for different reasons. Marie is untamed, scalded, outraged by the role that life has ascribed to her.

Subject

Zonca films bare-knuckled with a boxer’s tension, freedom and rigor, never once trying to demonstrate. Like Pialat in “Passe ton bac d’abord”, he lets himself be guided by the trembling of bodies, the debris of illusions, the dropped beats in looks and conversations. From an environment (Northern France) much overused in French cinema, the hackneyed context (social mincemeat) that goes with it and the play of stubborn opposites (night, day, the characters), the director extracts the harsh light of trajectories that collide. He captures the unraveling of these girls and their impossible dream of tying up with others. Lets his camera run. Dares to make a bridging sequence in mid-film and then, without warning, switches from Isa’s occasionally clownish energy (love that Madonna act!) to Marie’s mutinous rancor. And ends his film with as many lives. A long, long take of women factory workers’ faces which, in the image of his two angels, turn our hearts inside out. (Sophie Grassin in “L’Express” magazine, September 10, 1998)

Full credits (10)

Executive Producer :

François Marquis

Screenwriters :

Érick Zonca, Roger Bohbot, Virginie Wagon

Sound Recordist :

Jean-Luc Audy

Editor :

Yannick Kergoat

Music Composer :

Virginie Wagon

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Pierre Schoeller, Frédéric Carpentier

Director of photography :

Agnès Godard

Press Attaché (film) :

Robert Schlockoff

Production Designer :

Jimmy Vansteenkiste

Costume designer :

Françoise Clavel

Technical details

Feature film

Genres :

Fiction

Production language :

French

Original French-language productions :

Unknown

Nationality :

100% French

Production year :

1998

French release :

16/09/1998

Runtime :

1 h 53 min

Current status :

Released

Visa number :

87.765

Visa issue date :

24/06/1998

Approval :

Yes

Production formats :

35mm

Color type :

Color

Posters (1)

Director

Festival Selections (18)

Moscow - International Film Festival - 1999

Moscow - International Film Festival (Russia, 1999)

Selection

Panorama

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - 1999

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic, 1999)

Selection

Retrospective - French Regional cinema

Warsaw - French Film Festival - 1999

Warsaw - French Film Festival (Poland, 1999)

Selection

Films selected

French Film Festival in the Czech Republic - 1999

French Film Festival in the Czech Republic (Czech Republic, 1999)

Selection

Films selected

Melbourne French Film Festival - 1999

Melbourne French Film Festival (Australia, 1999)

Selection

Films selected

Sydney French Film Festival - 1999

Sydney French Film Festival (Australia, 1999)

Selection

Films selected

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1999

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1999)

Selection (8)

Best Film

Best Cinematography : Agnès Godard

Best Animated Film : Agnès Godard

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Roger Bohbot, Érick Zonca

Best first picture

Most Promising Actress : Natacha Régnier

Best Actress : Élodie Bouchez

Best Director : Érick Zonca

Rotterdam International Film Festival - 1999

Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 1999)

Selection

Main Program Section Feature Films

Punta Del Este - International Film Festival - 1999

Punta Del Este - International Film Festival (Uruguay, 1999)

Selection

Films selected

Lumiere Awards - 1999

Lumiere Awards (France, 1999)

Selection

French Films

European Film Awards - 1998

European Film Awards (Germany, 1998)

Selection

Best European Film

Acapulco French Film Festival - 1998

Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1998)

Selection

French Feature Films

Montreal World Film Festival - 1998

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1998)

Selection

Out of Competition

Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1998

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1998)

Selection

Feature Films

Cannes International Film Festival - 1998

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1998)

Selection

Official Competition - Feature Films

Awards (4)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1999

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1999)

Awards (3)

César Award for Best Actress : Élodie Bouchez

César Award for Best Film

César Award for Most Promising Actress : Natacha Régnier

Lumiere Awards - 1999

Lumiere Awards (France, 1999)

Awards (3)

Meilleure Actrice : Élodie Bouchez

Meilleur réalisateur : Érick Zonca

Meilleur Film

French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - 1998

French Syndicate of Cinema Critics (1998)

Awards

French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Price

Cannes International Film Festival - 1998

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1998)

Awards (2)

Award for Best actress : Élodie Bouchez

Award for Best actress : Natacha Régnier

Delegations (4)