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A Self Made Hero

A Self Made Hero

A Feature film by Jacques Audiard

Produced by Alicéleo

Release in France : 15/05/1996


    In the final months of a war that he hasn't fought, in the alien Paris of winter 1944/45, a man decides to become a hero. Or rather to impersonate a hero... to invent a better, richer and more admirable life than the one he has. He becomes a virtuoso liar and, via omissions and allusions, builds up a remarkable character. This man, who is in fact someone else and who had nothing, will obtain everything : honours, admiration, friendship, power, love... but for how long...

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    "(...) I think is a tale of apprenticeship, the story of a child who enters adulthood. Someone who hasn't had a life and who treats himself to one in crash course. He has to make everything up, so he works, he learns, that's what's sympathetic about him : he's a worker. He isn't very intelligent, brave or ethical but, in the end, in a slightly twisted manner, he obtains some of those qualities."
    (Interview with Jacques Audiard by Marie-Noëlle Tranchant - Le Figaro)

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    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producer :

    Patrick Godeau

    Author of original work :

    Jean-François Deniau

    Screenwriters :

    Jacques Audiard, Alain Le Henry

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Pierre Duret

    Production manager :

    Catherine Lapoujade

    Editor :

    Juliette Welfling

    Continuity supervisor :

    Claude Luquet

    Music Composer :

    Alexandre Desplat

    Casting :

    Serge Onteniente

    Sound Mixer :

    Dominique Gaborieau

    Assistant directors :

    Olivier Coutard, Serge Onteniente

    Executive Producer :

    Françoise Galfrè

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Marc Fabre

    Assistant Operators :

    Sophie Cadet, Laurent Hincelin

    Press Attachés (film) :

    François Hassan Guerrar, Catherine Esway

    Sound Editor :

    Nicolas Naegelen

    Production Designer :

    Michel Vandestien

    Foley artist :

    François Lepeuple

    Costume designer :

    Caroline de Vivaise

    Still Photographer :

    Jean-Marie Leroy

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    Feature film

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    100% French

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    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

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    Posters (1)



    Festival Selections (6)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1997)

    Selection (6)

    Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Jacques Audiard, Alain Le Henry

    Best Original Music : Alexandre Desplat

    Best Editing : Juliette Welfling

    Best Supporting Actor : Albert Dupontel

    Best Supporting Actress : Sandrine Kiberlain

    Best Director : Jacques Audiard

    Acapulco French Film Festival - 1996

    Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1996)


    French Feature Films

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)


    Out of Competition

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1996

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1996)


    Official Competition - Feature Films


    Cannes International Film Festival - 1996

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1996)


    Best Screenplay Award