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A Feature film by Patrice Leconte

Produced by Epithète Films, Ciné-@

Release in France : 09/05/1996


    Versailles, 1780. The Court of Louis XVI and its antechambers with their blend of power and hope: the power of the ministers and great men of the kingdom, the hope of hundreds of supplicants from the lower nobility. Everything is given at Versailles: orders, ribbons and crosses with pensions, honorary titles and administrative missions... Since the number of privileges is modest compared to the number of supplicants, a stock exchange of respect is founded where each man has his value. What else other than Wit can alter these values in a sophisticated and idle society...

    Actors (39)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    Epithète Films, Ciné-@

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    The Bureau Sales

    Co-production :

    France 3 Cinéma

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    Full credits (18)

    Executive Producers :

    Gilles Legrand, Frédéric Brillion, Philippe Carcassonne

    Screenwriters :

    Rémi Waterhouse, Michel Fessler, Eric Vicaut

    Sound recordists :

    Paul Lainé, Joël Rangon

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Denise Breton

    Sound Editor :

    Jean Goudier

    Continuity supervisors :

    Marie Leconte-Henriet, Marguerite Perlado

    Music Composer :

    Antoine Duhamel

    Costume designer :

    Christian Gasc

    Still Photographer :

    Catherine Cabrol

    Assistant directors :

    Grégoire Barachin, Michel Ganz

    Director of Photography :

    Thierry Arbogast

    Production manager :

    Michèle Arnould

    Editor :

    Joëlle Hache

    Assistant editors :

    Fanchon Brulé, Mathilde Butor, Stéphanie Gaurier

    Production Designer :

    Ivan Maussion

    Foley artist :

    Pascal Chauvin

    Sound Mixer :

    Dominique Hennequin

    Location Manager :

    Didier Abot

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Social comedy, Drama

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 42 min

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    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)


    News (3)

    Festival Selections (7)

    Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) - 2004

    Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) (United States, 2004)


    Tribute to Patrice Leconte

    Academy Awards - 1997

    Academy Awards (United States, 1997)


    Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

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

    Selection (12)

    Best Film

    Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Rémi Waterhouse

    Best Original Music : Antoine Duhamel

    Best Editing : Joëlle Hache

    Best Actor : Charles Berling

    Best Production Design : Ivan Maussion

    Best Sound : Jean Goudier, Dominique Hennequin, Paul Lainé

    Best Costume Design : Christian Gasc

    Best Supporting Actor : Bernard Giraudeau

    Best Supporting Actor : Jean Rochefort

    Best Director : Patrice Leconte

    Best Cinematography : Thierry Arbogast

    Lumiere Awards - 1997

    Lumiere Awards (France, 1997)


    French Films

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1996

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1996)


    Official Competition - Feature Films

    Awards (2)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

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

    Awards (4)

    César Award for Best Film

    César Award for Best Costume Design : Christian Gasc

    César Award for Best Production Design : Ivan Maussion

    César Award for Best Director : Patrice Leconte

    Lumiere Awards - 1997

    Lumiere Awards (France, 1997)


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