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The Cry of Silk

A Feature film by Yvon Marciano

Produced by Mimosa Production

Release in France : 28/08/1996


    Paris 1914. A young woman, Marie Benjamin is found lying on the floor in a large department store clutching a remnant of red silk convulsively against her. Arrested and transferred to the prison infirmary she is questioned at lenght by psychiatrist Gabriel de Villemer. In discovering the strange and sensual rapport this young illiterate seamstress has with silk, Gabriel can no longer hide his own inner turmoil. He himself is smitten by the delicate pleasures such fabrics can offer... Thus two beings originally worlds apart are drawn together.

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    "For me, my heroine, Marie Benjamin, is neither ill nor crazy. She simply has a particular longing (a fetishist love for silk) which she seeks to assuage at all costs, even if, in doing so, she is sent to prison or to the asylum. For her, this craving is a driving force, not a burden. It's what keeps her alive and what enables her to struggle against all the odds. Like her, we all have secret desires which we must assuage if we want to stay alive, and I believe we owe it to ourselves to come to know such longings so that we may live our lives in harmony with them."
    (Yvon Marciano)

    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producer :

    Sylvain Bursztejn

    Co-producer :

    Marcel Hoehn

    Sound recordists :

    Laurent Barbey, Gérard Rousseau

    Editor :

    Catherine Quesemand

    Production Designer :

    Katia Wyszkop

    Costume designers :

    Dominique Borg, Claire Risterucci

    Screenwriters :

    Yvon Marciano, Jean-Francois Goyet

    Director of Photography :

    William Lubtchansky

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Florence Bory

    Sound Editor :

    Pierre Choukroun

    Music Composer :

    Alexandre Desplat

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    Feature film

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    France, Switzerland, Belgium

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    Majority French (France, Switzerland, Belgium)

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    1 h 50 min

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    Festival Selections (4)

    Cairo - International Film Festival - 1996

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1996)


    Out of Competition

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1996

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1996)


    Cinema of Tomorrow

    Directors' Fortnight - 1996

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1996)


    Cinema in France