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Paul s'en va

Paul s'en va

A Feature film by Alain Tanner

Release in France : 28/01/2004

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Actors (7)

Production and distribution (3)

Co-production :

Gemini Films

French distribution :

Gemini Films

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“Paul s’en va” takes place in a college for the dramatic arts and seventeen of its students play a part in the story.
The film is divided into four chapters:
1: The Disappearance: One of the college’s teachers, a former activist from the Seventies, disappears suddenly. Some of the pupils are worried, others are indifferent, while others rejoice in the teacher’s disappearance.
2: Signs: Before disappearing, the teacher left his pupils a set of tasks to perform. Some have to reflect upon the meaning of a series of texts, other have missions to accomplish.
3: The World: One of the missions required some of the students to write a humorous sketch inspired by Alfred Jarry’s “Père Ubu”. They decide to set it in the White House, Washington D.C.
4: Passing the Word On: The young actors are now in their future lives and work where they are the medium for transmitting the words of authors past and present.

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Full credits (9)

Producers :

Paulo Branco, Alain Tanner

Director of Photography :

Denis Jutzeler

Assistant Operator :

Fabrizio Dörig

Sound Editor :

François Musy

Sound Mixer :

Gabriel Hafner

Screenwriters :

Alain Tanner, Bernard Comment

Sound Recordist :

Christophe Giovannoni

Editor :

Max Karli

Music Composer :

Michel Wintsch

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Feature film

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Switzerland, France

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Minority French (Switzerland, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 25 min

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Dolby SRD

Posters (1)


Festival Selections (2)

Locarno International Film Festival - 2010

Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland, 2010)


Special Prizes - Pardo d'Onore: Alain Tanner

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival - 2005

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (Taiwan, 2005)


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