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Foul Play

Foul Play

A Feature film by Karim Dridi

Produced by ADR Productions

Release in France : 25/11/1998


    Ange fails an audition which is crucial for his career. In despair, he goes to call on Concepciòn, a struggling 30 year-old Spanish actress he recently met. To his surprise, he lands in the middle of a dinner party of movie celebrities. Baffled and disoriented, Ange finds himself and Concepciòn playing the role of real-life hostage takers.

    Actors (20)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    ADR Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pyramide International

    Co-productions :

    STUDIOCANAL, Arte France Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Les Films du Losange

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    To reduce “Foul Play” to a tell-all game involving a handful of celebrity actors would be to get it wrong. It is first and foremost a story about humanity. When the film goes over the top, as it occasionally does, it is always in a way that seems natural, a bit like the films of Mocky, who never made a virtue of sobriety. Dridi sets out to strip down the mechanisms of social humiliation in whatever milieu it occurs. He also sets out to tell a modern love story, set in circumstances that are actually quite down-to-earth and universal, no matter how outlandish they may seem. It is also about trusting the tool of cinema, for better or for worse, in all its magic and rawness. A straightforward film-maker, Dridi also knows how to have fun with flair, as can be seen in the unforgettable “magic mushrooms” sequence. “Foul Play” is a complicated film by a guy with ideas, bouncing with rare health and overpowering at times, but only because it’s so affectionate. And of course, that’s exactly why Karim Dridi is so interesting — because he’s impetuous. (Olivier Séguret in “Libération”, November 25th 1998)

    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producers :

    Alain Rozanes, Pascal Verroust

    Screenwriter :

    Karim Dridi

    Sound Recordist :

    Michel Brethez

    Assistant Operator :

    Sébastien Buchmann

    Press Attachés (film) :

    François Hassan Guerrar, Aude Thomas, Isabelle de la Baume

    Sound editors :

    Thomas Desjonquères, Jean Gargonne

    Production Designer :

    Pierre-François Limbosch

    Stunt performers :

    Nicky Naudé, Patrick Cauderlier, Michaël Troude

    Costume designer :

    Emmanuelle Pertus

    Still Photographer :

    Bernard Fau

    Assistant Director :

    Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire

    Director of Photography :

    Patrick Blossier

    Sound Assistant :

    Pierre Tucat

    Production Manager :

    Jacques Attia

    Editor :

    Lise Beaulieu

    Continuity supervisor :

    Caroline Saillo

    Music Composer :

    Andréas Roé

    Casting :

    Françoise Menidrey

    Sound Mixer :

    Dominique Hennequin

    Location Manager :

    Kader Djedra

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    Feature film

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    France (100.0%)

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (4)

    Göteborg Film Festival - 1999

    Göteborg Film Festival (Sweden, 1999)


    Films selected

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1998

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1998)


    Cinema of Tomorrow

    Locarno Film Festival - 1998

    Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland, 1998)


    International Competition