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A Feature film by Thomas Vincent

Produced by ADR Productions

Release in France : 03/03/1999

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Dunkirk, northern France, February 1998. It's carnival season a month and a half of festivities, parades, and songs that turns the city upside down. After a violent argument with his father, Larbi has decided to flee the family gas station, to start a new life in the southern city of Marseille. Forced to spend one last night in Dunkirk, he shelters in a doorway where he is disturbed by Béa and Christian, a tipsy carnival couple returning from a ball. Larbi is charmed by Béa, and decides to stick around for a few days, to try his luck... only the carnival could make such an encounter possible.


I liked the subject a great deal. It's a love story that takes place during the carnival in Dunkirk, a town that has an amazingly popular carnival, unique in France. Thomas Vincent had already made two shorts. Our work together on "Karnaval" led to true friendship. If producing a film also produces another friend, so much the better. I like the film enormously, and people who have already seen it have given it a good reception. If features a great young actress, Sylvie Testud. She's already well known in Germany, though not in France. But I predict she'll have a great future here, too. Being a producer means discovering talent - by which I also mean the other two actors, Clovis Cornillac, who is better known in the legitimate theater, and Amar Ben Abdellah, who hadn't ever acted in a film. Together they make an extraordinary trio. I've got a soft spot for this film because we really did a good job on the casting. We really worked to find the right people, took our time, thought about each role free from financial pressures.

(Alain Rozanes - producer)

Full credits (12)

Executive Producers :

Alain Rozanes, Pascal Verroust

Co-producers :

Dante Desarthe, Nathalie Lamailière

Sound Recordist :

Régis Leroux

Press Attaché (film) :

Matilde Incerti

Production Designer :

André Fonsny

Costume designer :

Anne Fournier

Screenwriters :

Thomas Vincent, Maxime Sassier

Director of Photography :

Dominique Bouilleret

Production Manager :

Mat Troi Day

Editor :

Pauline Dairou

Music Composer :

Krishna Levy

Location Manager :

Ludovic Henry

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Feature film

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100% French

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1 h 28 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (8)

Warsaw - French Film Festival - 2000

Warsaw - French Film Festival (Poland, 2000)


Films selected

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

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

Selection (3)

Best first picture : Thomas Vincent

Most Promising Actor : Clovis Cornillac

Most Promising Actress : Sylvie Testud

Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2000

Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 2000)


Main Program Section Feature Films

Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival - 1999

Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil, 1999)


Official International Selection

Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1999

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1999)


Feature Films


Berlin International Film Festival - 1999

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1999)


Alfred Bauer Prize - Best First Film


Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1999

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1999)

Team (4)

Director : Thomas Vincent

Actor : Sylvie Testud

Associate producer : Pascal Verroust

Associate producer : Alain Rozanes