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A Feature film by Bartabas

Produced by mk2 films

Release in France : 13/10/1993


    Théodore Géricault, a young romantic painter, fascinated by horses, meets the famous trainer, Franconi, director of the Olympic Circus. He installs himself in the Circus and shares their life. With Franconi, Géricault learns to free himself from convention and to consider the horse as almost the only subject for his paintings. The seductive approaches of a young woman rider are not enough to distract Géricault from his fierce determination to fathom the mystery of horses and the challenge to paint them. Franconi asks Géricault : "Do you want to know the secret of galloping ? If the painter had been able to reproduce in his paintings the real movements of galloping horses, he would have had almost a century's lead over his contempories ; he would have taken a prodigious leap forward to the discovery of photography... But while the Géricault of "Mazeppa" is searching for movement, Franconi, like Don Quichotte, is fighting against the progress and speed represented by the first telegraphic semaphores, the forerunners of the telephone and television. For the trainer, these semaphores would be the end of horsemanship...

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    Full credits (14)

    Executive Producer :

    Marin Karmitz

    Line Producer :

    Yvon Crenn

    Director of Photography :

    Bernard Zitzermann

    Production Manager :

    Éric Hubert

    Editors :

    Joseph Licidé, Maguelone Pouget

    Music Composer :

    Jean-Pierre Drouet

    Sound Mixer :

    Thierry Lebon

    Adaptation :

    Bartabas, Claude-Henri Buffard

    Screenwriters :

    Bartabas, Claude-Henri Buffard

    Sound Recordist :

    Laurent Poirier

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Eva Simonet, Laurette Monconduit

    Production Designer :

    Emile Ghigo

    Costume designers :

    Marie-Laure Schakmundes, Christine Guégan

    Still Photographer :

    Jérémie Nassif

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    Feature film

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    100% French

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    1 h 51 min

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    Festival Selections

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1993

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1993)


    Official Competition


    Cannes International Film Festival - 1993

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1993)


    Grand Prize from the Commission Supérieure Technique : Vincent Arnardi, Jean Gargonne