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Water Drops on Burning Rocks

Water Drops on Burning Rocks

A Feature film by François Ozon

Produced by Fidélité Films

Release in France : 15/03/2000

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Production and distribution (4)

Associate production company :

Fidélité Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

Celluloid Dreams

Co-production :

Les Films Alain Sarde

French distribution :

Haut et Court

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Germany, the 70’s. Naive young Franz moves in with Leopold, a much older successful businessman. Role-playing and manipulation take their toll on the couple, eventually resulting in the two men seeing only their differences. The situation takes on a new twist when the two men’s former girlfriends re-enter the picture.


I had long wanted to make a film about a couple and the difficulties of living together. When I saw Fassbinder’s stage play, I realized I didn’t have to write a new film script: the play already existed, and it exactly fitted the story I had in mind. Fassbinder’s great strength is that in plunging the audience into the anecdotal details of one couple’s daily life, he gives us a view of every couple on earth. I had two models for making a screen version of a play: “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant” (which is also a chamber piece shot in the studio, with no exteriors to give it air), and “Smoking/No Smoking,” in which Alain Resnais captures the essential theatricality of the text in the scenery, the acting style and the artificiality of the language. Citing Sternberg and Sirk, Fassbinder said that artificiality is the only way we can penetrate the truth of characters. I tried to follow that principle in my mise-en-scene and draw the audience into the logic of the film, so that they may follow the characters that much more closely.

François Ozon, Director

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Full credits (18)

Executive Producers :

Marc Missonnier, Olivier Delbosc

Adapter/dialogue writer :

François Ozon

Co-producers :

Christine Gozlan, Alain Sarde

Sound Recordist :

Éric Devulder

Production Manager :

Pierre Wallon

Editors :

Laurence Bawedin, Claudine Bouché

Continuity supervisor :

Agathe Grau

Casting :

Antoinette Boulat

Sound Mixer :

Jean-Pierre Laforce

Assistant Director :

Hubert Barbin

Author of original work :

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Director of photography :

Jeanne Lapoirie

Assistant Operators :

Mounia Lamrani Malhuret, Benoît Rizzotti

Press Attachés (film) :

André-Paul Ricci, Tony Arnoux

Sound Editor :

Benoît Hillebrant

Production Designer :

Arnaud de Moleron

Costume designer :

Pascaline Chavanne

Still Photographer :

Jean-Claude Moireau

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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1 h 30 min

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Dolby SRD

Posters (1)


News (2)

Festival Selections (11)

Istanbul Film Festival - 2001

Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey , 2001)


From Literature to the Silver Screen

Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival - 2000

Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil, 2000)


Official International Selection

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2000

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2000)


Panorama of World Cinema

Montreal World Film Festival - 2000

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 2000)


Out of Competition

Cannes Film Market - 2000

Cannes Film Market (France, 2000)



Berlin International Film Festival - 2000

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 2000)


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