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The Dreamlife of Angels

A Feature film by Érick Zonca

Produced by Les Productions Bagheera

Release in France : 16/09/1998

    Synopsis

    Isa, 20, owns nothing but the contents of her backpack and a generally cheerful, “grin and bear it” attitude to life. Bumming her way from town to town, living from hand to mouth, she washes up in Lille. Everywhere she goes, she adds a new block to the structure she is building, patiently and instinctively, out of her curiosity and generosity. In Lille she meets Marie, a girl from the north of France, aged 20 like her and a loner like her, but for different reasons. Marie is untamed, scalded, outraged by the role that life has ascribed to her.

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Productions Bagheera

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Wide, The Bureau Sales

    Co-productions :

    France 3 Cinéma, Diaphana Films

    French distribution :

    Diaphana Films

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    International releases (43)

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    About

    Zonca films bare-knuckled with a boxer’s tension, freedom and rigor, never once trying to demonstrate. Like Pialat in “Passe ton bac d’abord”, he lets himself be guided by the trembling of bodies, the debris of illusions, the dropped beats in looks and conversations. From an environment (Northern France) much overused in French cinema, the hackneyed context (social mincemeat) that goes with it and the play of stubborn opposites (night, day, the characters), the director extracts the harsh light of trajectories that collide. He captures the unraveling of these girls and their impossible dream of tying up with others. Lets his camera run. Dares to make a bridging sequence in mid-film and then, without warning, switches from Isa’s occasionally clownish energy (love that Madonna act!) to Marie’s mutinous rancor. And ends his film with as many lives. A long, long take of women factory workers’ faces which, in the image of his two angels, turn our hearts inside out. (Sophie Grassin in “L’Express” magazine, September 10, 1998)

    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    François Marquis

    Screenwriters :

    Érick Zonca, Roger Bohbot, Virginie Wagon

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Luc Audy

    Editor :

    Yannick Kergoat

    Music Composer :

    Virginie Wagon

    Adapters/dialogue writers :

    Pierre Schoeller, Frédéric Carpentier

    Director of photography :

    Agnès Godard

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Robert Schlockoff

    Production Designer :

    Jimmy Vansteenkiste

    Costume designer :

    Françoise Clavel

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1998

    French release :

    16/09/1998

    Runtime :

    1 h 53 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    87.765

    Visa issue date :

    24/06/1998

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections (18)

    Moscow - International Film Festival - 1999

    Moscow - International Film Festival (Russia, 1999)

    Selection

    Panorama

    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - 1999

    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic, 1999)

    Selection

    Retrospective - French Regional cinema

    Warsaw - French Film Festival - 1999

    Warsaw - French Film Festival (Poland, 1999)

    Selection

    Films selected

    Melbourne French Film Festival - 1999

    Melbourne French Film Festival (Australia, 1999)

    Selection

    Films selected

    Sydney French Film Festival - 1999

    Sydney French Film Festival (Australia, 1999)

    Selection

    Films selected

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1999

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1999)

    Selection (8)

    Best Film

    Best Cinematography : Agnès Godard

    Best Animated Film : Agnès Godard

    Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Roger Bohbot, Érick Zonca

    Best first picture

    Most Promising Actress : Natacha Régnier

    Best Actress : Élodie Bouchez

    Best Director : Érick Zonca

    Rotterdam International Film Festival - 1999

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 1999)

    Selection

    Main Program Section Feature Films

    Punta Del Este - International Film Festival - 1999

    Punta Del Este - International Film Festival (Uruguay, 1999)

    Selection

    Films selected

    Lumiere Awards - 1999

    Lumiere Awards (France, 1999)

    Selection

    French Films

    European Film Awards - 1998

    European Film Awards (Germany, 1998)

    Selection

    Best European Film

    Acapulco French Film Festival - 1998

    Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1998)

    Selection

    French Feature Films

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1998

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1998)

    Selection

    Out of Competition

    Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1998

    Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1998)

    Selection

    Feature Films

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1998

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1998)

    Selection

    Official Competition - Feature Films

    Awards (4)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1999

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 1999)

    Awards (3)

    César Award for Best Actress : Élodie Bouchez

    César Award for Best Film

    César Award for Most Promising Actress : Natacha Régnier

    Lumiere Awards - 1999

    Lumiere Awards (France, 1999)

    Awards (3)

    Meilleure Actrice : Élodie Bouchez

    Meilleur réalisateur : Érick Zonca

    Meilleur Film

    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics - 1998

    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics (1998)

    Awards

    French Syndicate of Cinema Critics Price

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1998

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1998)

    Awards (2)

    Award for Best actress : Élodie Bouchez

    Award for Best actress : Natacha Régnier

    Delegations (4)