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A Stranger in Strasbourg

A Stranger in Strasbourg

A Feature film by Valeria Sarmiento

Produced by Gemini Films

Release in France : 19/08/1998


    Caught in the act with her lover Jean-Paul, Madeleine kills her husband. She urges Jean-Paul to leave and meet her on a certain day at “Gretel’s”, in Strasbourg. Jean-Paul has an accident and loses his memory. The appointment in Strasbourg is the only thing he can remember. At “Gretel’s”, he is approached by a couple who recognize him as Christian Vogel, the heir to a sizable fortune. Over the next few days, several other people confirm his new identity. But Jean-Paul is the unwitting victim of a plot. Only Madeleine can help him recover his memory.

    Actors (11)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Gemini Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    The Bureau Sales

    Foreign production company :

    Madragoa Filmes

    French distribution :

    Gemini Films

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    With ‘A Stranger in Strasbourg’ Valeria Sarmiento has embarked on a detective movie, that is a story whose twists and turns depend primarily on a hidden determinism and a voluntary construction. The result is a wry, intelligent play on the theme of intrigue and manipulation. A man with no memory wanders the streets of Strasbourg, a city whose spirit the director grasps well by filming it like a backlot movie set. In a matter of minutes, our amnesiac is identified as a wealthy businessman that his family has been trying to find for three years. We’ll say no more about the plot except that it runs like a train launched headlong down tracks that lead through areas of darkness, which Valeria Sarmiento plays with, while at the same time exposing their silliness. (Jean-François Rauger in “Le Monde”, August 20th 1998)

    Full credits (18)

    Executive Producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Sound Recordist :

    Michel Mellier

    Director of Photography :

    Acacio de Almeida

    Assistant Operators :

    Thibaud Danton, Emmanuel Pineau

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Bruno Barde, Corinne de Bury

    Assistant editors :

    Béatrice Clérico, Julie Decondé

    Production Designer :

    Yves Fournier

    Casting :

    Richard Rousseau

    Sound Mixer :

    Gérard Rousseau

    Assistant directors :

    Antoine Beau, Guillaume Roitfeld, Élodie Baticle

    Screenwriters :

    Evelyne Pieiller, Raoul Ruiz, Gérard Mordillat, Valeria Sarmiento

    Sound Assistant :

    Emmanuel Pietri

    Production Manager :

    Stéphane Riga

    Editor :

    Rodolfo Wedeles

    Continuity supervisor :

    Françoise Thouvenot

    Music Composer :

    Jorge Arriagada

    Costume designer :

    Carine Sarfati

    Location Manager :

    Jean-Dominique Chouchan

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Crime/thriller, Thriller

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Portugal

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Portugal)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

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    Posters (1)



    Montreal World Film Festival - 1998

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1998)


    Compétition internationale