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Fauteuils d'orchestre

Fauteuils d'orchestre

A Feature film by Danièle Thompson

Produced by Thelma Films

Release in France : 15/02/2006

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Catherine’s a hit on TV; she’s famous, popular, adored. And yet, all she dreams of is to be in art-house movies and appreciated by the intellectual set. Tonight, she’s performing in her 100th episode; during the day she’s rehearsing a play at the Champs- Élysées Theater. She’s overworked, but the play opens on the 17th and one’s got to be on form to play Feydeau, even if one prefers Sartre! On the 17th, Jean-François, an exceptionally gifted, adulated, overbooked pianist, will be playing Beethoven next door in the world’s greatest theater, with the best musicians, the most refined audience… And yet, all he dreams about is solitude, freedom, and an ignorant and naïve audience. Jacques’s whole life has been spent looking for and discovering artists, and raiding his piggy-bank to accumulate rare works. But come the 17th, he’s going to sell everything. In one night, his life’s work will be scattered to the four winds. His grandmother, a former palace toilet attendant, told him: “I didn’t have the means to live in luxury, so I decided to work in luxurious surroundings.” One day, Jessica also tries her luck in Paris. On the 17th, staff are needed and she’s hired in a café opposite the two theaters and the auction house. It’s here that the actress, pianist, waitress, concierge, collector, one of their son’s, and another one’s wife, come to heal their neurosis over a coffee or some frites. Confronted by this world that she thought was a paradise, the illusions of positive and lucid Jessica are shattered, only to be replaced by the key to a new life. One must be careful about orchestra seats: if they’re too far away, you miss the show, but if they’re too close, everything’s blurred.

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Full credits (15)

Executive Producer :

Christine Gozlan

Screenwriters :

Danièle Thompson, Christopher Thompson

Sound Recordist :

Michel Kharat

Press Attaché (film) :

Dominique Segall

Continuity supervisor :

Carole Fèvre

Music Composer :

Nicola Piovani

Costume designer :

Catherine Leterrier

French press agent :

Dominique Segall

Assistant Director :

Denis Bergonhe

Director of Photography :

Jean-Marc Fabre

Production Manager :

Olivier Hélie

Editor :

Sylvie Landra

Production Designer :

Michèle Abbé

Casting :

Stéphane Foenkinos, Elodie Demey

Sound Mixer :

Vincent Arnardi

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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1 h 46 min

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Posters (2)


News (14)

Festival Selections (18)

Greece - French Film Festival - 2010

Greece - French Film Festival (Greece, 2010)


Carte blanche et présentation au public

French Film Festival in China - 2007

French Film Festival in China (China, 2007)


French feature films selected (out of competition)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2007

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2007)

Selection (5)

Best Original Screenplay : Christopher Thompson, Danièle Thompson

Best Editing : Sylvie Landra

Best Supporting Actress : Dani

Best Supporting Actress : Valérie Lemercier

Best Actress : Cécile De France

Cairo - International Film Festival - 2006

Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 2006)


Festival of festivals

Lisbon - French Film Festival - 2006

Lisbon - French Film Festival (Portugal, 2006)


Week of French Cinema - films selected

Greece - French Film Festival - 2006

Greece - French Film Festival (Greece, 2006)


Feature films selected


Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2007

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2007)


Cesar Award for Best Supporting Actress : Valérie Lemercier

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