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A Feature film by Christopher Hampton

Release in France : 22/05/1995


    1915. Europe is in the grip of war but the artists and writers of the London Bloomsbury group carry on their merry way. On a fine winter's afternoon, the writer Lytton Strachey, a hardened bachelor and apparently a committed "gay", goes to visit Virginia Woolf's sister, Vanessa Bell, and her husband Clive on the south coast of England. As the setting sun casts its dying rays over the Bell's garden, Lytton is tranfixed by an androgynous figure. He admires the golden, bobbed hair and pale skin of this delightful vision... who turns out to be a young female artist, Dora Carrington, renowned for her wild, anti-conformist temperament. This chance encounter is the start of a deep affection that will mark their lives for the next seventeen years...

    Actors (3)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-productions :

    STUDIOCANAL, Pyramide Productions, Ciné-@

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Universal Pictures (France)

    Foreign production companies :

    Freeway Films, Polygram Film International

    French distribution :

    Wild Bunch Distribution

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    "We had the budget, we had the stars and the start-date had been set. I called Mike Newell to tell him the good news. His news wasn't as good : after "Four Weddings and a Funeral", he had just been offered a Hollywood movie. Christopher Hampton then seemed the only logical substitute, but he was hesitant. Even so, two people managed to talk him into it : Philippe Carcassonne who called him from France (where the notion of the "auteur" still caries a certain weight) and Emma Thompson who called him the next day to say the same thing. In turn, Polygram went ahead and entrusted this large budget to a novice director and, throughout the whole undertaking, was forth-coming with support and encouragement."
    (John Mc Grath - Producer)

    Full credits (11)

    Author of original work :

    Michael Holroyd

    Screenwriter :

    Christopher Hampton

    Director of Photography :

    Denis Lenoir

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Jean-Pierre Vincent, Sandrine Lamantowicz

    Production Designer :

    Caroline Amies

    Costume designer :

    Penny Rose

    Line Producers :

    Philippe Carcassonne, Fabienne Vonier, Francis Boespflug

    Co-producer :

    Fabienne Vonier

    Sound Recordist :

    Peter Lindsay

    Editor :

    George Akers

    Music Composer :

    Michael Nyman

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    France, Great Britain

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    Minority French (France, Great Britain)

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    Runtime :

    2 h

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    Festival Selections

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1995

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1995)


    Official Competition - Feature Films


    Cannes International Film Festival - 1995

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1995)

    Awards (2)

    Special Jury Prize

    Best Performance for an Actor : Jonathan Pryce