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What's Life?

What's Life?

A Feature film by François Dupeyron

Produced by Salomé

Release in France : 08/09/1999

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Actors (14)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Salomé

Film exports/foreign sales :

Diaphana Films

Co-productions :

France 3 Cinéma, Diaphana Films

French distribution :

Diaphana Films

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International releases (15)

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Synopsis

Nicolas, the son of a farmer, lives with his parents and his grandparents. His life revolves around his outings to night clubs and the daily tasks of herding cows. His father is deeply in debt, putting the farm in jeopardy, and Nicolas no longer knows what he wants to do. Then he falls under the spell of Maria, a beautiful woman a little older than himself, who lives on the mountain plateau with her two children. Meanwhile, back at home, problems build up, taking a turn for the worse: the family is obliged to give up the farm. Nicolas' attempts to find a solution meet with failure. It's then that a saying of his father's comes back to him: "A farmer won't die of hunger as long as he has a farm and seeds to sow." High up on the mountain, there's a deserted farmhouse. There's also Maria‡”

Subject

One night after the shoot, I walked past the stable, it was late, the cows

were lying down, their heavy bodies stretched out on the straw. It was

extraordinarily calm, peaceful. I stayed there and listened to their

breathing, breathing in the same air, thinking about nothing. It was as

though I'd been invited to share this calm, melt into it. My tiredness, the

day's worries all disappeared. This is what I try to transmit in the film.

François Dupeyron - Director, excerpt from press folder

Photos (3)

Full credits (19)

Executive Producer :

Maurice Bernart

Screenwriter :

François Dupeyron

Sound Recordist :

Pierre Gamet

Assistant Operator :

Julien Bureau

Press Attachés (film) :

Robert Schlockoff, Cédric Landemaine

Sound editor :

Corinne Lapassade

Production Designer :

Patrick Durand

Costume designer :

Catherine Bouchard

Sound Mixer :

Gérard Lamps

Location Manager :

Alain Agostini

Assistant directors :

Dominique Heinry, Jean-Christophe Delpias

Director of Photography :

Tetsuo Nagata

Sound Assistant :

Bernard Chaumeil

Production managers :

Claude Albouze, Angelo Barbagallo

Editor :

Bernard Sasia

Continuity supervisor :

Sylvie Koechlin

Music Composers :

Michel Portal, Brian Yamakoshi

Sales Agent :

Jacques-Eric Strauss

Still Photographer :

Moune Jamet

Technical details

Feature film

Genres :

Fiction

Sub-genre :

Drama

Themes :

Monde rural

Production language :

French

Original French-language productions :

Yes

Nationality :

100% French

Production year :

1999

French release :

08/09/1999

Runtime :

1 h 15 min

Current status :

Released

Visa number :

95.035

Visa issue date :

03/08/1999

Approval :

Yes

Production formats :

35mm

Color type :

Color

Aspect ratio :

CinemaScope

Posters (1)

Director

Festival Selections (10)

Melbourne International Film Festival - 2000

Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia, 2000)

Selection

French films selected

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

Selection (2)

Most Promising Actor : Éric Caravaca

Best Supporting Actor : Jacques Dufilho

Punta Del Este - International Film Festival - 2000

Punta Del Este - International Film Festival (Uruguay, 2000)

Selection

Films selected

Cairo - International Film Festival - 1999

Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1999)

Selection

Festival of festivals

Acapulco French Film Festival - 1999

Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1999)

Selection

French Feature Films

San Sebastian International Film Festival - 1999

San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain, 1999)

Selection

Official Competition

TIFF - 1999

TIFF (Canada, 1999)

Selection

Contemporary World Cinema

Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1999

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1999)

Selection

Feature Films

Awards (2)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

Awards

César award for most promising actor : Éric Caravaca

San Sebastian International Film Festival - 1999

San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain, 1999)

Awards (2)

Golden Shell for Best Film

Silver Shell for Best Actor : Jacques Dufilho

Delegations (4)