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Live & Become

Live & Become

A Feature film by Radu Mihaileanu

Produced by Elzévir Films

Release in France : 30/03/2005

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Actors (8)

Production and distribution (6)

Executive Producer :

Elzévir Films

Co-production :

France 3 Cinéma

Film exports/foreign sales :

Films Distribution

Associate producer :

Backup Films

Foreign production companies :

K2 Productions, RTL TVI Belgique, Transfax Films, Cattleya, Scope Pictures

French distribution :

Les Films du Losange

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1984. Hundreds of thousands of Africans from twenty-six countries hit by famine amass in refugee camps in Sudan. Israel and the United States undertake a huge rescue operation (Operation Moses) to transport thousands of Ethiopian Jews (Falashas) to Israel.
A mother of Christian faith makes her nine-year-old son pretend he’s Jewish so as to save him from famine and death.
The child arrives in the Holy Land. Declared an orphan, he’s adopted by a French Sephardic family who live in Tel Aviv. He grows up fearing that his double lie and secret will be revealed: neither Jewish, nor orphan, he’s simply black.
He discovers love, Western culture, and Jewish faith along with racism and war in the Occupied Territories. He becomes Jewish, Israeli, French and Tunisian – a true Tower of Babel.
But he never forgets his real mother, who remained behind in a camp and who he secretly and stubbornly dreams of finding again one day.

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Full credits (16)

Executive Producers :

Denis Carot, Marie Masmonteil

Author of original work :

Radu Mihaileanu

Screenwriters :

Radu Mihaileanu, Alain-Michel Blanc

Sound Recordist :

Henri Morelle

Press Attachés (film) :

André-Paul Ricci, Tony Arnoux

Sound Editor :

Eric De Vos

Production Designer :

Eytan Levy

Costume designer :

Rona Doron

Assistant Director :

Olivier Jacquet

Associate producer :

Geneviève Lemal

Director of Photography :

Rémy Chevrin

Production Manager :

Yorick Kalbache

Editor :

Ludo Troch

Continuity supervisor :

Olivia Bruynoghe

Music Composer :

Armand Amar

Sound Mixer :

Bruno Tarrière

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Feature film

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Exile, Childhood

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Coproducer countries :

Belgium, Italy, Israel, France

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Nationality :

Majority French (Belgium, Italy, Israel, France)

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Runtime :

2 h 20 min

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Dolby SRD

Posters (3)


News (12)

Festival Selections (15)

Stockholm French Film Festival - 2006

Stockholm French Film Festival (Sweden, 2006)


Feature Films

Greece - French Film Festival - 2006

Greece - French Film Festival (Greece, 2006)


Feature films selected

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2006

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2006)

Selection (4)

Best Original Screenplay : Alain-Michel Blanc, Radu Mihaileanu

Best Original Music : Armand Amar

Best Director : Radu Mihaileanu

Best Film

Lumiere Awards - 2006

Lumiere Awards (France, 2006)


Prix du public mondial TV5 Monde

TIFF - 2005

TIFF (Canada, 2005)


Contemporary World Cinema

Awards (3)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2006

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2006)

Awards (2)

César for best original screenplay : Radu Mihaileanu

César for best original screenplay : Alain-Michel Blanc

Lumiere Awards - 2006

Lumiere Awards (France, 2006)


Berlin International Film Festival - 2005

Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 2005)

Awards (3)

Ecumenical Jury Prize

Delegations (7)