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A Feature film by Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou

Produced by Galatée Films

Release in France : 20/11/1996


    An hour and a quarter on an unknown planet : the Earth seen on a minute scale. The inhabitants : outlandish creatures, insects and other grass and water animals. The scenery : the impenetrable forests of grass, dew-drops as big as balloons... The film explores this new world - an ordinary meadow - over the course of a summer's day : a day, a night and a second dawn. But a single day is like a season in this minute world. A whole decade for an insect whose life-span can be counted in weeks.

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Galatée Films

    Foreign production companies :

    Urania Film, Les Productions JMH, RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse

    French distribution :

    Bac Films Distribution

    Co-productions :

    France 2 Cinéma, Bac Films Distribution, Delta Images

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    France tv distribution

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    International releases (37)

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    "Microcosmos" was one of the unexpected surprises of the 1996 Cannes Festival. It was totally different from the films normally screened there and the quality of the footage of this "microcosmic" realm was exceptional. The whole world started expressing interest in the film. In Switzerland, it met with phenomenal success, second in the box-office even before its French release. In Germany, with 600,000 tickets sold, "Microcosmos" was one of the top French films of the last five years. It subsequently met with equal success in many other countries : South Korea, Greece, Great Britain, Lebanon... In September 1997, it will be released in Japan. "Microcosmos" has made an impact all over the world. This unusual, attractive, and unexpected film has become a phenomenon. it was a genuine surprise. We had always believed in it but we were the only ones ! We knew that the film had enormous potential but, unfortunately, each films is a special case. A film's career abroad does not depend solely on its merits. For everything to come together to make it a worldwide hit, it needs luck too. "Microcosmos" had luck."
    (Jacques-Eric Strauss - Président Films)

    Full credits (8)

    Executive Producer :

    Jacques Perrin

    Directors of Photography :

    Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou, Hugues Ryffel, Thierry Machado

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Eva Simonet, Nathalie Gorgon

    Music Composer :

    Bruno Coulais

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Science and nature

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    Coproducer countries :

    Switzerland, Italy, France

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    Majority French (Switzerland, Italy, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 15 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD

    Posters (1)

    Directors (2)

    News (5)

    Festival Selections (6)

    FICCI Carthagène - 2018

    FICCI Carthagène (Colombia, 2018)


    Punta Del Este - International Film Festival - 1998

    Punta Del Este - International Film Festival (Uruguay, 1998)


    Films selected

    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)


    Out of Competition

    Awards (2)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

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

    Awards (5)

    César Award for Best Original Score : Bruno Coulais

    César Award for Best Editing : Florence Ricard, Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte

    César Award for Best Cinematography : Thierry Machado, Claude Nuridsany, Marie Perennou, Hugues Ryffel

    César Award for Best Sound : Philippe Barbeau, Bernard Leroux, Laurent Quaglio

    César Award for Best Producer : Jacques Perrin

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1996

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1996)


    Grand Prize from the Commission Supérieure Technique


    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1997

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

    Team (8)

    Editor : Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte

    Composer of original music : Bruno Coulais

    Sound recordist : Bernard Leroux

    Director of photography : Hugues Ryffel

    Director : Claude Nuridsany

    Director : Marie Perennou

    Director of photography : Thierry Machado

    Editor : Florence Ricard