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Absence (The)

A Feature film by Peter Handke

Produced by Gemini Films

Release in France : 20/01/1993

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Actors (7)

Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Gemini Films

Foreign production companies :

Marea films, Road Movies Filmproduktion

French distribution :

Amorces Diffusion

Co-productions :

Spica, Arte France Cinéma

Film exports/foreign sales :

Metropolis film, The Bureau Sales

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TV broadcasts: details by country


The film is like a tale in which the settings are clear and labyrinthine, concrete and fabulous. Four anonymous characters, on the verge of hypostasis, leave their daily surrondings. The old man, who guides them in their wanderings, the young woman, the soldier and the gambler all set off and discover, through the continents, a fantastic geography. They each meet one another and form a group which moves like an expedition, fleeing whatever forced them to leave. Their conversations, their words, monologues and dream-like visions tell their story. The end of the journey, as incidental as the start, separates the group gathered by the visible and returns each of these travellers to their initial loneliness. The "guide" that led them is perhaps absence itself. What they share is wat they've seen...

Full credits (8)

Executive Producer :

Paulo Branco

Director of photography :

Agnès Godard

Press Attachés (film) :

Bruno Barde, Corinne de Bury

Production Designer :

Maria-José Branco

Screenwriter :

Peter Handke

Sound recordists :

Jean-Paul Mugel, Harmut Eichgrun

Editor :

Peter Przygodda

Music Composers :

Josep-Maria Bargadi, Hienlrich Schutz

Technical details

Feature film

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Coproducer countries :

Germany, Spain, France

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Nationality :

Majority French (Germany, Spain, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 50 min

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Festival Selections

Venice International Film Festival  - 1992

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1992)


Official Competition