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Pola X

Pola X

A Feature film by Leos Carax

Produced by Arena Films

Release in France : 19/09/2001

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Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Arena Films

Foreign production companies :

Vega Film, ARD/Degeto Film GMBH, Pandora Film

French distribution :


Co-production :

France 2 Cinéma

Film exports/foreign sales :

Pathé Distribution

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Pierre lives with his mother in their château in Normandy, near the banks of the Seine. They are beautiful, rich and carefree. They love each other. Every morning, Pierre rides the motorbike that his father left him to the home of his fiancée, the blond and poignant Lucie. They love each other. One night, Marie tells Pierre that she has set the date for his wedding to Lucie. Pierre immediately sets off to tell her the news. But, on the way, at the edge of a dark forest, a mournfully beautiful woman appears in his headlight’s beam. She speask with a strong Eastern European accent. "Pierre… you are not the only child… I’m your sister, Isabelle." Pierre can’t believe her.


"Often even during those years when Ulrich had been looking for his path alone and not without pride, the woord sister had often inspired vague feelings of nostalgia in him, even though he never imagined then that he had a real and living sister. The origins of this contradiction were obscure (…)"

Robert Musil, "The Man Without Qualities"

Full credits (15)

Executive Producer :

Bruno Pesery

Author of original work :

Herman Melville

Line Producers :

Albert Prevost, Raimond Goebel

Co-producers :

Kenzo Horikoshi, Karl Baumgartner, Ruth Waldburger

Sound recordists :

Jean-Louis Ughetto, Béatrice Wick, Jean-Pierre Laforce, Ken Yasumoto

Editor :

Nelly Quettier

Music Composer :

Scott Walker

Still Photographer :

Marion Stalens

Assistant Director :

Gabriel Julien-Laferrière

Producer :

Laurence Picollec

Screenwriters :

Jean-Pol Fargeau, Leos Carax, Lauren Sedofsky

Director of Photography :

Éric Gautier

Production managers :

Sylvie Barthet, Dschningis Bowakow

Production Designers :

Laurent Allaire, Ana Montañana Alba

Costume designer :

Esther Walz

Technical details

Feature film

Genres :

Fiction, Experimental

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Coproducer countries :

France, Switzerland, Germany, Japan

Original French-language productions :


Nationality :

Majority French (France, Switzerland, Germany, Japan)

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Runtime :

2 h 15 min

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Audio format :

Dolby Digital

Posters (1)


News (3)

Festival Selections (8)

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2000

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2000)


Panorama of World Cinema

New York Film Festival - 1999

New York Film Festival (United States, 1999)


Films selected

Moscow - International Film Festival - 1999

Moscow - International Film Festival (Russia, 1999)



Munich - International Film Festival - 1999

Munich - International Film Festival (Germany, 1999)


Films selected

Cannes International Film Festival - 1999

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1999)


Official Competition - Feature Films