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A Minute of Silence

A Feature film by Florent Emilio Siri

Produced by Film Oblige

Release in France : 25/11/1998


    Marek the Pole and Mimmo the Italian have been coal miners here in Lorraine, on the German border, since they were sixteen. Their routine after work scarcely varies: drink beer with their workmates, hang out in the striptease joints in Nasweiler, race their cars... In December 1995 they are both twenty-five. A lightning strike is called at the mine. As it gathers strength, so does the tension between Marek and Mimmo...

    Actors (8)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Film Oblige

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Playtime (ex Films Distribution)

    Foreign production companies :

    K2 Productions, Lichtblick Film- und Fernsehproduktion

    French distribution :

    Pierre Grise Distribution

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    I feel close to Mimmo in many ways. We both come from Sardinian families and walk with our head in the stars. We both value honesty and loyalty in friendship. Compared with me, Mimmo is more naive. When he meets this kind of shady mobster, Jaeger, he lets himself be charmed and lured and manipulated. Jaeger represents “elsewhere”, “the unknown”, a way to escape from his life as a miner. He tries to make the break but quickly sees his mistake. His place is next to his friend, who has chosen to stand and fight. (Bruno Putzulu - “Le Figaro”, November 27th 1998)

    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producers :

    Frank Le Wita, Marc de Bayser

    Screenwriter :

    Florent Emilio Siri

    Sound recordists :

    Éric Tisserand, Daniel Ollivier

    Editors :

    Germain Boulaye, Joëlle Dufour

    Music Composer :

    Alexandre Desplat

    Still Photographer :

    Anne Fleischl

    Adapters/dialogue writers :

    Florent Emilio Siri, Yves Ulmann

    Director of Photography :

    Giovanni Coltelacci

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Marie-Christine Damiens

    Production Designer :

    Thomas Peckre

    Costume designer :

    Sophie Dwernicki

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    Feature film

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    Germany, Belgium

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    Majority French (Germany, Belgium)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 28 min

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    Festival Selections (7)

    Cairo - International Film Festival - 2002

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 2002)


    Official Competition

    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

    Cairo - International Film Festival - 1998

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1998)


    Out of Competition