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Why (not) Brazil

Why (not) Brazil

A Feature film by Laetitia Masson

Produced by Rezo Productions

Release in France : 15/09/2004

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Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Rezo Productions

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French distribution :

Rezo Films


It’s the story of a film director going through a bad patch artistically and who believes that a sign of a filmmaker’s true decline is to give in and adapt a novel, and even worse, to try and adapt a ‘good’ novel for the screen. Her name is Laetitia Masson.
Unfortunately, the only producer who is still interested in her work suggests something even worse: the adaptation of a totally impossible novel, for it’s written by a contemporary author (which doesn’t help things) and friend (which makes things really complicated). The novel is called “Pourquoi le Brésil?” The author’s name is Angot. The friend’s name is Christine. The director has no choice. She needs money, she’s fond of the book, she’s fond of her friend, and she fancies the producer (even though his favorite joke is: How do you become a millionaire? By being a millionaire and investing in the movies.) His name is Maurice Rey.
Masson throws herself into adapting the novel: writing, setting up the production, finding a cast. Work begins, and trouble along with it. She thinks she’ll never make it, that this adaptation is impossible. But the more she thinks it’s impossible, the more the book infiltrates her life and, little by little, without knowing it, she becomes adapted by the novel.
“Pourquoi (pas) le Brésil?” is the story of this reverse adaptation: a book that adapts a film. And at the moment when the director, riddled with doubt, gives up on making the film, the film is done.

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Full credits (21)

Executive Producers :

Jean-Michel Rey, Maurice Bernart, Philippe Liégeois

Author of original work :

Christine Angot

Voice :

André Marcon

Sound Recordist :

Pierre André

Assistant Operator :

Boris Abaza

Press Attaché (film) :

François Hassan Guerrar

Sound Editor :

Pierre André

Continuity supervisor :

Amélie Milhau

Casting :

Brigitte Moidon

Grader :

Christophe Bousquet

Location Manager :

Nicolas Leclere

Assistant directors :

Mathilde Cukierman, Félicie Leguay

Screenwriter :

Laetitia Masson

Director of photography :

Crystel Fournier

Sound Assistant :

Franck Duval

Production manager :

Sybil Nicolas

Editor :

Aïlo Auguste

Assistant Editor :

Tristan Meunier

Production Designer :

Mathieu Menut

Costume designer :

Catherine Bouchard

Sound mixers :

Cyril Holtz, Philippe Amouroux

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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Runtime :

1 h 32 min

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Dolby SRD