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The Hinterland

The Hinterland

A Feature film by Jacques Nolot

Produced by Magouric Productions

Release in France : 02/09/1998


    After ten years away, Jacques Pruez,an unmarried, 50-year-old, modestly successful actor, returns to his home village to comfort his dying mother. His father Yvan, a family barber who's counting on his "successful" son to support him in his old age, refuses to believe that his wife is sick and insists that her doctors are killing her. She dies, and Jacques finds out that Yvan is not his real father. Besieged by memories of his childhood, the village and the past, Jacques wanders the streets at night, reliving the moments that set him apart from the rest...

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    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Magouric Productions

    French distribution :

    Mars Distribution

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    “Jacques, the prodigal son who ‘went up to Paris to go on the stage’, returns to his native village in the southwest of France. His mother dies and Jacques attends the funeral in the gentle village atmosphere, while mending the broken ties with his family, friends, and other characters from his youth. There is something reminiscent of Pialat, minus his darkness, in this naturalistic self-portrait of a man alone with his life and the homosexuality that sets him apart. Nolot, Téchiné’s actor and co-writer, acts in and directs a debut feature that is delicate and daring at once, a film that rings true in its confessions of secrets and reflections of everyday life, which it grasps with great tact and humor. The film slowly builds up in strength and leaves us with shuddering hearts, like a poem whose last lines are the most unsettling.”

    (Article in “Le Point”, August 28th 1998)

    Full credits (15)

    Executive Producer :

    Laurent Bénégui

    Director of photography :

    Agnès Godard

    Sound Assistant :

    Ken Yasumoto

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Agnès Chabot

    Assistant editors :

    Isabelle Manquillet, Sophie Reine

    Production Designer :

    Patrick Durand

    French Distributor :

    Stéphane Célérier

    Still Photographer :

    Alain Dagbert

    Screenwriter :

    Jacques Nolot

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Louis Ughetto

    Assistant Operator :

    Natacha Cagnard

    Editor :

    Martine Giordano

    Continuity supervisor :

    Josiane Morand

    Costume designer :

    Élisabeth Tavernier

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean-Pierre Laforce

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    Feature film

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    100% French

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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    Posters (1)



    Festival Selections (8)

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) - 2008

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) (The Netherlands, 2008)


    Main Program Section Feature Films

    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - 1999

    Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic, 1999)


    Retrospective - French Regional cinema

    Warsaw - French Film Festival - 1999

    Warsaw - French Film Festival (Poland, 1999)


    Films selected

    Cairo - International Film Festival - 1998

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1998)


    Out of Competition

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1998

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1998)

    Selection (2)

    Cinema of Tomorrow

    Other Awards


    Montreal World Film Festival - 1998

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1998)


    Special Mention