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Train of Life

Train of Life

A Feature film by Radu Mihaileanu

Produced by Raphaël Films, Noé Productions Int.

Release in France : 16/09/1998


    One evening in 1941, the dwellers of a shtetl (Jewish village) in Eastern Europe see Schlomo the Idiot arrive with appalling news: the Germans are massacring the inhabitants of the nearby shtetls and deporting the survivors to an unknown destination. Soon the same fate will be theirs. That night, the village elders meet to discuss how to save their community. In the small hours of the morning, the answer comes from the mouth of Schlomo himself: to escape from the Nazis, they’ll run a fake deportation train! By playing the role of deportees, train engineers and Germans all at once, they will get through the German checkpoints and reach the Promised Land.

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    Actors (15)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producers :

    Raphaël Films, Noé Productions Int.

    Foreign production companies :

    Hungry Eye Pictures, 7ïA

    French distribution :

    AB International Distribution

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    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Orange Studio

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    International releases (29)

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    I happened to be in Los Angeles when Spielberg’s ‘Schindler’s List’ came out. Seeing it, I felt two reactions: great emotion, and a strong conviction that the story of the Shoah couldn’t always go on being told in the same way, in the register of tears and horror. Back home in Paris, a historian friend got to talking over dinner about some Jews who escaped on a train during the war, an almost incredible story. He urged me to make a film about it, a somber story about my roots and people. ‘A comedy!’ I answered. He was taken aback. But I felt that the combination of comic and tragic would have an extraordinary effect. I had a hunch that this was the way I had to go. (Radu Mihaileanu)

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    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producers :

    Frédérique Dumas, Ludi Boeken, Marc Baschet, Cedomir Kolar, Éric Dussart

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Excoffier

    Directors of Photography :

    Yorgos Arvanitis, Laurent Dailland

    Production Manager :

    Thierry Bettas-Bégalin

    Editor :

    Monique Rysselinck

    Assistant Editor :

    Gert Janssen

    Production Designer :

    Christian Niculescu

    Foley artist :

    Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans

    Costume designer :

    Viorica Petrovici

    Still Photographers :

    Vincent Lebrun, Cornel Lazia

    Assistant directors :

    Olivier Jacquet, Cristian Mungiu

    Screenwriter :

    Radu Mihaileanu

    Assistant Operator :

    Patrick Dehalu

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Dominique Segall, Astrid Gavard

    Sound Editor :

    Eric De Vos

    Continuity supervisor :

    Élodie Van Beuren

    Music Composer :

    Goran Bregovic

    Casting :

    Pierre-Jacques Bénichou

    Sound Mixer :

    Dominique Dalmasso

    Location manager :

    Marianne Lambert

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, The Netherlands, Belgium

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    Majority French (France, The Netherlands, Belgium)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 43 min

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    Posters (2)


    Selections (8)

    Istanbul Film Festival - 1999

    Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey , 1999)


    From the World of Festivals

    Melbourne French Film Festival - 1999

    Melbourne French Film Festival (Australia, 1999)


    Films selected

    Sydney French Film Festival - 1999

    Sydney French Film Festival (Australia, 1999)


    Films selected

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 1999

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

    Selection (2)

    Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Radu Mihaileanu

    Most Promising Actor : Lionel Abelanski

    Acapulco French Film Festival - 1998

    Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1998)


    French Feature Films

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1998

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1998)


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