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Small Thief

A Feature film by Érick Zonca

Produced by Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo

Release in France : 04/03/2000

    Synopsis

    S. is an eighteen-year-old baker's apprentice in Orléans. Not for much longer. S. decides to change his life. He wants to make a radical break. Nothing will be like it was before: neither him, nor his relationship with himself and other people. He leaves Orléans for Marseille, where, after a painful initiation, he realizes his dream. He becomes a thief amongst thieves…

    Actors (12)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo

    French distribution :

    Diaphana Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Playtime (ex Films Distribution)

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    Subject

    I shot “The Dreamlife of Angels” in Lille even thought I didn’t know the city. The same urge for discovery led me to set the “The Small Thief” in Marseilles. Other factors, though, influenced that decision. The story was harsh in itself, and I needed an environment that wouldn’t exaggerate the social harshness. I needed some sun and some sea (even if you don’t see much of it in the film). I also wanted to work with another kind of light. And then, S. comes from the middle of France, and I wanted him to go to a town where he could meet all kinds of different people. Marseilles is very cosmopolitan, so all kinds of encounters are possible. And maybe also in S.’s mind, Marseilles is a city of gangs, a city that will suit his purposes. Finally, Marseilles is a magic, enchanting city – and, in the end, when things get hot in Marseilles, they get real hot.

    Erick Zonca, director

    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Gilles Sandoz

    Adapters/dialogue writers :

    Érick Zonca, Virginie Wagon

    Directors of Photography :

    Pierre Milon, Catherine Pujol

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Robert Schlockoff, Cédric Landemaine

    Production Designer :

    Kristina Zonca

    Assistant directors :

    Virginie Wagon, Fred Nicolas

    Screenwriters :

    Érick Zonca, Virginie Wagon

    Sound recordists :

    Jean-Jacques Ferran, Éric Thomas

    Editor :

    Jean-Robert Thomann

    Costume designer :

    Cécile Bergès

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1998

    French release :

    04/03/2000

    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    94.899

    Visa issue date :

    06/07/2000

    Approval :

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.66

    Audio format :

    Dolby A

    Posters (1)

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    Festival Selections (11)

    Istanbul Film Festival - 2000

    Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey , 2000)

    Selection

    Young Stars of World Cinema

    Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2000

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 2000)

    Selection

    Main Program Section Feature Films

    BFI London Film Festival - 1999

    BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain, 1999)

    Selection

    Films selected

    TIFF - 1999

    TIFF (Canada, 1999)

    Selection

    Contemporary World Cinema