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No One Writes to the Colonel

A Feature film by Arturo Ripstein

Release in France : 02/06/1999

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Co-production :

DMVB Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

Open Art Productions

Foreign production companies :

Tornasol Films, Producciones Amaranta

French distribution :

DMVB Films

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The Colonel waits. They promised him a pension, which for years has remained a promise unfulfilled. Every Friday after Friday, solemn and dressed in his finest suit, the Colonel waits by the dock in anticipation of the letter announcing the arrival of his pension. Everyone in the small town knows that he waits in vain. He knows it, too. But the Colonel, eyes closed to the all too evident truth, stands by his dream – if not, what else remains for him? There is hunger in the Colonel’s house. His wife is a sack od bones consumed by asthma, and the Colonel lives ashamed of his poverty with the shame befiting a decent man. Against wind and tide, against hunger, and against his wife’s objections, repeated like a litany "What will we eat?" the Colonel’s reply of is terse – it is a reply he has choked back for more than twenty years : "We will eat shit".

Full credits (10)

Executive Producer :

Jorge Sanchez

Screenwriter :

Paz Alicia Garciadiego

Director of Photography :

Guillermo Granillo

Press Attaché (film) :

François Vila

Music Composer :

David Mansfield

Line producers :

Laura Imperiale, Mariela Besuievsky

Co-producers :

Gérardo Herrero, Thierry Forte

Sound Recordist :

Jorge Ruiz

Editor :

Fernando Pardo

Costume designer :

Guadalupe Sanchez

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Feature film

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Mexico, Spain, France

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Minority French (Mexico, Spain, France)

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1 h 58 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections (4)

Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2000

Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 2000)


Main Program Section Feature Films

TIFF - 1999

TIFF (Canada, 1999)



Moscow - International Film Festival - 1999

Moscow - International Film Festival (Russia, 1999)



Cannes International Film Festival - 1999

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1999)


Official Competition - Feature Films