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The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

A Feature film by Michael Cacoyannis

Produced by Les Films de l'Astre

Release in France : 12/01/2000

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Actors (6)

Production and distribution (2)

Executive Producer :

Les Films de l'Astre

French distribution :

Les Films de l'Astre

TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

TV broadcasts: details by country


Madam Lyubov Ranevsky’s daughter, Anya, arrives in Paris to take her vulnerable, child-like mother back to Russia. Five years earlier, after the drowning of her young son. Lyubov had run away from the family estate, famous for its cherry orchard, and taken refuge in France with a lover who having bled her dry, eventually abandoned her.


Several years ago, spurred by my deep admiration for Chekhov, I did an English translation of “The Cherry Orchard,” which many people consider to be his greatest play. It was exciting and rewarding to explore Chekhov’s unpretentious, totally accessible view of the human condition. I had already filmed the plays of another great playwright, Euripides, in which I tried to free myself from theatrical conventions. Since those movies won critical acclaim, garnered many prizes including an Oscar nomination, and attracted a worldwide cast, I decided to adapt “The Cherry Orchard” for the screen. I followed the same approach, remaining faithful to the spirit of the original even as I took certain liberties – replacing words with images, widening the scope of the action every time plot and author’s intentions allowed. The result is a movie based on a literary source rather than simply “filmed theater.”

Michael Cacoyannis, director (excerpt from press kit).

Full credits (12)

Executive Producer :

Michael Cacoyannis

Screenwriter :

Michael Cacoyannis

Sound Recordist :

Alexander Bachvarov

Press Attachés (film) :

Bruno Barde, Sophie Bataille

Production Designer :

Ivan Andrev

Costume designer :

Jane Hamilton

Line Producers :

Yannoulla Wakefield, Alexander Metodiev

Director of Photography :

Aris Stavrou

Production Manager :

Pat Arvanti

Editors :

Michael Cacoyannis, Takis Hadzis

Music Composer :

Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski

Location Manager :

Ludovic Henry

Technical details

Feature film

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Greece, Cyprus, France

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Minority French (Greece, Cyprus, France)

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Runtime :

2 h 17 min

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Dolby SR

Posters (1)


Michael Cacoyannis

Michael Cacoyannis

The Cherry Orchard (1999), TROYENNES (LES) (1971), ZORBA LE GREC (1964)

Festival Selections (2)

Cannes Film Market - 2000

Cannes Film Market (France, 2000)



Montreal World Film Festival - 1999

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1999)


Out of Competition