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The Secret of The Grain

The Secret of The Grain

A Feature film by Abdellatif Kechiche

Produced by Pathé Production, Hirsch

Release in France : 12/12/2007

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Pathé Production, Hirsch

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Pathé Distribution

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France 2 Cinéma

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Pathé Distribution

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At the port of Sète, Mr. Slimani, a tired 60-year-old, drags himself toward a shipyard job that has become more and more difficult to cope with as the years go by. He is a divorced father who forces himself to stay close to his family despite the schisms and tensions that are easily sparked off and that financial difficulties make even more intense. He is going through a delicate period in his life and, recently, everything seems to make him feel useless: a failure. He wants to escape from it all and set up his own restaurant. However, it appears to be an unreachable dream given his meager, irregular salary that is not anywhere near enough to supply what he needs to realize his ambition. But he can still dream and talk about it with his family in particular. A family that gradually gives its support to this project, which comes to symbolize the means to a better life. Thanks to its ingeniousness and hard work, this dream soon becomes a reality...or almost....

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The Secret of The Grain

Trailer (english subtitles)

Photos (5)

Full credits (13)

Executive Producer :

Claude Berri

Screenwriter :

Abdellatif Kechiche

Sound recordists :

Nicolas Waschkowski, Olivier Laurent, Éric Legarçon, Éric Armbruster, Jean-Paul Hurier

Production Manager :

Benoît Pilot

Editors :

Ghalya Lacroix, Camille Toubkis

Production Designer :

Benoit Barouh

Costume designer :

Maria Beloso

Line Producer :

Pierre Grunstein

Director of Photography :

Lubomir Bakchev

Camera Operator :

Sofian El Fani

Press Attaché (film) :

François Hassan Guerrar

Continuity supervisor :

Dominique Arcé

Casting :

Monya Galbi

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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Runtime :

2 h 31 min

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Dolby DTS

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Posters (5)


News (24)

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Festival Selections (35)

French Film Festival in Indonesia  - 2010

French Film Festival in Indonesia (Indonesia, 2010)


Beirut - Beirut Film Meetings - 2008

Beirut - Beirut Film Meetings (Lebanon, 2008)


Official Selection

Helsinki Film Festival - 2008

Helsinki Film Festival (Finland, 2008)



Shanghai - International Film Festival - 2008

Shanghai - International Film Festival (China, 2008)


Out of Competition

Festival du Film français en Israël  - 2008

Festival du Film français en Israël (Israel, 2008)


Official Selection

Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2008

Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 2008)


Main Program Section Feature Films

Lumiere Awards - 2008

Lumiere Awards (France, 2008)

Selection (2)

: Abdellatif Kechiche

Révélation féminine : Hafsia Herzi

Cairo - International Film Festival - 2007

Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 2007)


Thessaloniki - International Film Festival - 2007

Thessaloniki - International Film Festival (Greece, 2007)


Awards (5)

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2008

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2008)

Awards (4)

Cesar for Best Director : Abdellatif Kechiche

César award for best film

Award for most promising actress : Hafsia Herzi

César for best original screenplay

Venice International Film Festival  - 2007

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 2007)

Awards (3)

Fipresci Award

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Promising Young Actor or Actress : Hafsia Herzi

Jury Grand Prize

French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - 2007

French Syndicate of Cinema Critics (2007)


French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Price

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Presskit (2)