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The City of Lost Children

The City of Lost Children

A Feature film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro

Produced by Constellation Production

Release in France : 17/05/1995


    On a mist-shrouded rig in the sea, beyond an old minefield, Krank ages prematurely because he lacks one vital function : the ability to dream. And so he kidnaps children from the harbour town, to steal their happy dreams from them...

    Actors (36)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Constellation Production

    Foreign production companies :

    Leonine (Tele München Group), Elias Querejeta PC

    French distribution :

    Fox France

    Co-productions :

    STUDIOCANAL, France 3 Cinéma, Lumière International

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    StudioCanal Films Limited

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    International releases (33)

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    "It all started with an engraving by Gustave Dore and turned into 5,000 square metres of fake polystyrene bricks. Then, after fantasizing over paintings of De Chirico, we had more than 50 painters and sculptors working as craftsmen of mold, rust and humidiy. The set for "The City of Lost Children" was the object of a permanent exchange with Caro and Jeunet concerning the right atmosphere. We came out with references as varied and precise as Otto Dix and G. D. Friedrich, Gustave Eifffel, the streets of the Casbah, the London docks or the canals of Venice... One hell of mix... that we forgot as soon as possible to find the set's own logic, volume and colour. We set out with strong desires, the dreams of spoiled brats, and ended up in Europe's largest studio in Arpajon, a fundamental decision to make shooting as easy and fast as possible (...). A lot of people and work but with everyone highly motivated to create the setting for such a beautiful and surprising tale."
    (Jean Rabasse - Set Designer)

    Full credits (23)

    Executive Producer :

    Claudie Ossard

    Dialogue Writers :

    Gilles Adrien, Guillaume Laurant

    Foreign Producer :

    Elias Querejeta

    Director of Photography :

    Darius Khondji

    Assistant Operators :

    Adrien Angliviel, Sophie Cadet, Philippe Le Sourd

    Production Manager :

    Daniel Szuster

    Editor :

    Hervé Schneid

    Assistant editor :

    Katia Besimensky

    Production Designer :

    Jean Rabasse

    Costume designer :

    Jean-Paul Gaultier

    Sound Mixer :

    Thierry Lebon

    Location Manager :

    Guillaume Favreau

    Adaptation :

    Gilles Adrien

    Screenwriters :

    Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro, Gilles Adrien

    Voice :

    Jean-Louis Trintignant

    Sound recordists :

    Pierre Excoffier, Gérard Hardy

    Camera Operator :

    Marc Koninckx

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Claude Davy

    Sound Editor :

    Laurent Kossayan

    Continuity supervisor :

    Aruna Villiers

    Music Composer :

    Angelo Badalamenti

    Make-up Artist :

    Nathalie Tissier

    Still Photographer :

    Éric Caro

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Legend, Science fiction

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Spain, Germany

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Spain, Germany)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 52 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (10)

    Directors (2)


    Festival Selections (3)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1996

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1996)

    Selection (4)

    Best Original Music : Angelo Badalamenti

    Best Production Design : Jean Rabasse

    Best Cinematography : Darius Khondji

    Best Costume Design : Jean-Paul Gaultier

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1995

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1995)


    Official Competition - Feature Films


    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1996

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1996)


    César Award for Best Production Design : Jean Rabasse