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The Deluge

The Deluge

A Feature film by Igor Minaiev

Produced by Erato Films

Release in France : 03/05/1995


    Petrograd - 1920. Although Sophia and Trofim Ivanytch have been married a long time, she has never been able to bear him a child ; he finds this unforgiveable. Desperately afraid of losing her husband, Sophia agrees to adapt on orphon : a thirteen-year-old girl. Years later, the adolescent becomes Trofim's mistress. As the waters of the Neva break their banks ans flood the city, Sophia's despoir turns to hatred. She must get rid of this untruder to recover the man she loves...

    Actors (5)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Erato Films

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    French distribution :

    Rezo Films

    Co-productions :

    R Films, Les Films du Camélia, IMA Films, La Sept Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

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    "The two stories of "The deluge" - that of the novel and that of the film - reflect in one another. Zamyatin's "The Deluge" was published in Russia in 1929. In 1931, he went into exil in France. In 1935-36, Zamyatin wrote the screenplay for "The Lower Depths", based on Gorky's play, for Jean Renoir. One year later, he died, unknown in France and banned in Russia. Half a century later, Isabelle Huppert discovered Zamyatin's novel. She fell in love with it and immediately wanted to play the character of Sophia (...). I consider Isabelle to be a true Sophia. We shot in Petrograd - Leningrad - St Petersburg. We spoke Russian, we spoke French... We went to Petrograd - Leningrad - St Petersburg like in the novel. In Moscow, we created a "little Petrograd" on gigantic sets. And we used artificial snow in the studio when it was snowing outside..."

    (Igor Minaïev)

    Full credits (15)

    Executive Producer :

    Daniel Toscan du Plantier

    Dialogue Writer :

    Bernard Stora

    Line Producer :

    Georges Benayoun

    Co-producers :

    Ronald Chammah, Jérôme Paillard, Angelo Pastore

    Sound Recordist :

    Igor Ourvantzev

    Editors :

    Cristiana Tullio-Altan, Noëlle Boisson

    Music Composer :

    Anatoli Dergatchev

    Still Photographers :

    Eric Robert, Eléna Semina

    Adaptation :

    Bernard Stora

    Author of original work :

    Evgueni Zamiatine

    Screenwriters :

    Igor Minaiev, Jacques Baynac

    Director of Photography :

    Vladimir Pankov

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Marie-Christine Damiens

    Production Designers :

    Vladimir Mourzine, Ilya Amoursky

    Costume designer :

    Emma Begliarova

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Psychological drama

    Production language :

    French, Russian

    Coproducer countries :

    Russia, France

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (Russia, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 39 min

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