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Germinal

Germinal

A Feature film by Claude Berri

Produced by Pathé Production

Release in France : 29/09/1993

    Synopsis

    During France's Second Empire (1852-1870), a jobless young man named Etienne Lantier accepts to work in the mines, beginning a veritable descent into hell. In the Northern mining town of Montsou, Etienne discovers wretched poverty, alcoholism and foul relationships. He encounters unscrupulous men like Chaval and generous souls like Toussaint Maheu, all of them under the lash of unholy capitalism. Lantier joins the socialist struggle for dignity, but the mine owners counterattack. When wages are cut, a huge strike is called, leading to bloodshed and starvation. In the midst of all this misery there is one bright spark : Etienne's love for Catherine.
    The strike is crushed by the army, but Etienne is left with the hope that the blood will not have been shed in vain.

    Actors (33)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Pathé Production

    Foreign production companies :

    Artisti Associati International, Alternative Films

    French distribution :

    Pathé Distribution

    Co-productions :

    France 2 Cinéma, DD Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pathé Distribution

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    International releases (21)

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    Full credits (14)

    Executive Producer :

    Claude Berri

    Line Producer :

    Pierre Grunstein

    Director of Photography :

    Yves Angelo

    Production Manager :

    Patrick Bordier

    Assistant editor :

    Mathilde Cousin

    Art Director :

    Riton Dupire-Clément

    Costume designers :

    Bernadette Villard, Caroline de Vivaise, Sylvie Gautrelet

    Author of original work :

    Émile Zola

    Screenwriters :

    Arlette Langmann, Claude Berri

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Gamet

    Editor :

    Hervé de Luze

    Production Designers :

    Thanh At Hoang, Christian Marti

    Music Composer :

    Jean-Louis Roques

    Still Photographer :

    Benoît Barbier

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Literary adaptation

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Belgium, Italy

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Belgium, Italy)

    Production year :

    1993

    French release :

    29/09/1993

    Runtime :

    2 h 40 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    80759

    Visa issue date :

    29/10/1993

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    CinemaScope

    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1994

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1994)

    Selection (12)

    Best Sound : Pierre Gamet, Dominique Hennequin

    Best Production Design : Thanh At Hoang, Christian Marti

    Best Editing : Hervé de Luze

    Best Actress : Miou-Miou

    Best Director : Claude Berri

    Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Claude Berri, Arlette Langmann

    Best Cinematography : Yves Angelo

    Best Film

    Best Costume Design : Sylvie Gautrelet, Bernadette Villard

    Best Original Music : Jean-Louis Roques

    Best Supporting Actress : Judith Henry

    Best Supporting Actor : Jean-Roger Milo

    Awards

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1994

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1994)

    Awards (2)

    César Award for Best Costume Design : Sylvie Gautrelet, Bernadette Villard

    César Award for Best Cinematography : Yves Angelo