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The Thousand Wonders of the Universe

The Thousand Wonders of the Universe

A Feature film by Jean Michel Roux

Produced by Compagnie des Images

Release in France : 23/07/1997


    For the first time ever, the planet Earth has picked up a codel message from outer space. Manking is terrified by the idea of an extra-terrestrial invasion. A few months later, the twelve thousand inhabitants of Sepulveda suddenly vanish. This transit and free-trade harbour town, notorious for smuggling and bordellos, is put in quarantine. Magnetic disturbances and light phenomena make military and political leaders think that an extra-terrestrial attack is imminent and order Professor Larsen, a renowned astro-physicist and UFO expert, to make a rapid investigation in the ghost city.

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Compagnie des Images

    Foreign production companies :

    Productions EGM, Transfilm International

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    Co-productions :

    France 3 Cinéma, Lumière International

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    StudioCanal Films Limited

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    "In November 1992, NASA officially announced the launch of the Mega-Seti programme to listen to the universe in an attempt to detect intelligent alien life-forms. Extra-terrestrials became a serious subject of study for the military and governments and this original situation inspired the first version of the screenplay written with Régine Abadia. At the same time, I met the various producers of the film and we were all fired by the desire to make a fantastic adventure movie in France today." (Jean-Michel Roux)

    Offical Selection

    1997 Bruxelles
    1997 Sao Paulo
    1998 Malmö – "Best Movie"
    1998 Porto
    1998 Rome  – "Best Movie" and "Mélies d’argent"
    1998 Helsinki
    1999 Reykjavik

    Photos (6)

    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producer :

    François Fries

    Director of Photography :

    Michel Amathieu

    Editor :

    Jean Beaudoin

    Production Designer :

    André Chamberland

    Still Photographer :

    Jan Thijs

    Screenwriters :

    Jean Michel Roux, Régine Abadia, Alexis Galmot

    Sound recordists :

    Bruno Tarrière, Yvon Benoit

    Sound Editor :

    Pierre Choukroun

    Costume designer :

    Marga Binoux

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Majority French

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    Runtime :

    1 h 27 min

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