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Foul Play

Foul Play

A Feature film by Karim Dridi

Produced by ADR Productions

Release in France : 25/11/1998

    Synopsis

    Ange fails an audition which is crucial for his career. In despair, he goes to call on Concepciòn, a struggling 30 year-old Spanish actress he recently met. To his surprise, he lands in the middle of a dinner party of movie celebrities. Baffled and disoriented, Ange finds himself and Concepciòn playing the role of real-life hostage takers.

    Actors (20)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    ADR Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pyramide International

    Co-productions :

    STUDIOCANAL, Arte France Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Les Films du Losange

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    International releases (2)

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    Subject

    To reduce “Foul Play” to a tell-all game involving a handful of celebrity actors would be to get it wrong. It is first and foremost a story about humanity. When the film goes over the top, as it occasionally does, it is always in a way that seems natural, a bit like the films of Mocky, who never made a virtue of sobriety. Dridi sets out to strip down the mechanisms of social humiliation in whatever milieu it occurs. He also sets out to tell a modern love story, set in circumstances that are actually quite down-to-earth and universal, no matter how outlandish they may seem. It is also about trusting the tool of cinema, for better or for worse, in all its magic and rawness. A straightforward film-maker, Dridi also knows how to have fun with flair, as can be seen in the unforgettable “magic mushrooms” sequence. “Foul Play” is a complicated film by a guy with ideas, bouncing with rare health and overpowering at times, but only because it’s so affectionate. And of course, that’s exactly why Karim Dridi is so interesting — because he’s impetuous. (Olivier Séguret in “Libération”, November 25th 1998)

    Full credits (21)

    Executive Producers :

    Alain Rozanes, Pascal Verroust

    Screenwriter :

    Karim Dridi

    Sound Recordist :

    Michel Brethez

    Assistant Operator :

    Sébastien Buchmann

    Press Attachés (film) :

    François Hassan Guerrar, Aude Thomas, Isabelle de la Baume

    Sound editors :

    Thomas Desjonquères, Jean Gargonne

    Production Designer :

    Pierre-François Limbosch

    Stunt performers :

    Nicky Naudé, Patrick Cauderlier, Michaël Troude

    Costume designer :

    Emmanuelle Pertus

    Sound Mixer :

    Dominique Hennequin

    Location Manager :

    Kader Djedra

    Assistant Director :

    Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire

    Director of Photography :

    Patrick Blossier

    Sound Assistant :

    Pierre Tucat

    Production Manager :

    Jacques Attia

    Editor :

    Lise Beaulieu

    Continuity supervisor :

    Caroline Saillo

    Music Composer :

    Andréas Roé

    Casting :

    Françoise Menidrey

    Sales Agent :

    Éric Lagesse

    Still Photographer :

    Bernard Fau

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Themes :

    Fraud

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1998

    French release :

    25/11/1998

    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    90.651

    Visa issue date :

    06/07/1998

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections (4)

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1998

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1998)

    Selection

    Cinema of Tomorrow

    Locarno International Film Festival - 1998

    Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland, 1998)

    Selection

    International Competition

    Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1998

    Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1998)

    Selection

    Feature Films