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The Birthday

The Birthday

A Feature film by Diane Kurys

Produced by New Light Films

Release in France : 21/09/2005

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Executive Producer :

New Light Films

French distribution :

Mars Distribution

Co-productions :

STUDIOCANAL, France 3 Cinéma

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Raphaël Kessler, one of the kings of European reality TV, invites his best friends to celebrate his birthday by spending the weekend in his sumptuous residence in Marrakech. They’re not a group but a gang, the crew with whom Kessler fought for free radio back at the beginning of the eighties. But the businessman’s provocative success is tainted by a dark secret. Twenty years earlier, he betrayed his friends, and he intends to use his birthday party to redeem himself. He offers each of his friends four million euro. The group’s reaction, however, is not what he hoped for. But, deep down, is this a purely generous gesture or yet another attempt to manipulate the people around him?

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Full credits (20)

Executive Producer :

Alexandre Arcady

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Daniel Saint-Hamont, Diane Kurys

Producers :

Robert Benmussa, Diane Kurys

Director of Photography :

José-Antonio Loureiro

Assistant Operators :

Susana Gomes, Miguel Malheiros

Production managers :

Jean-Paul Battaggia, Samy Layani

Editor :

Yann Malcor

Continuity supervisor :

Isabelle Querrioux

Music Composers :

Pancho Abaldonato, Jeff Bourassin, Boris Theullier

Costume designer :

Annie Périer

Assistant directors :

Ludovic Bernard, Marion Garde-Marchadier

Dialogue Writers :

Daniel Saint-Hamont, Diane Kurys

Screenwriter :

Diane Kurys

Sound recordists :

Jean-Louis Ughetto, Christian Fontaine, Raphaël Sohier

Camera Operator :

Rodolphe Lauga

Press Attaché (film) :

Dominique Segall

Assistant editors :

Christine Lucas-Navarro, Géraldine Rétif

Production Designer :

Tony Egry

Casting :

Françoise Menidrey

Still Photographer :

Thierry Valletoux

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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1 h 40 min

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Posters (1)



Festival Selections (4)

Cairo - International Film Festival - 2006

Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 2006)


Festival of festivals

Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival - 2006

Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil, 2006)


Official International Selection

French Film Festival in China - 2006

French Film Festival in China (China, 2006)


French feature films selected (out of competition)

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