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What's Life?

What's Life?

A Feature film by François Dupeyron

Produced by Salomé

Release in France : 08/09/1999

    Synopsis

    Nicolas, the son of a farmer, lives with his parents and his grandparents. His life revolves around his outings to night clubs and the daily tasks of herding cows. His father is deeply in debt, putting the farm in jeopardy, and Nicolas no longer knows what he wants to do. Then he falls under the spell of Maria, a beautiful woman a little older than himself, who lives on the mountain plateau with her two children. Meanwhile, back at home, problems build up, taking a turn for the worse: the family is obliged to give up the farm. Nicolas' attempts to find a solution meet with failure. It's then that a saying of his father's comes back to him: "A farmer won't die of hunger as long as he has a farm and seeds to sow." High up on the mountain, there's a deserted farmhouse. There's also Maria‡”

    Actors (14)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Salomé

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Diaphana Films

    Co-productions :

    France 3 Cinéma, Diaphana Films

    French distribution :

    Diaphana Films

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    International releases (15)

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    About

    One night after the shoot, I walked past the stable, it was late, the cows

    were lying down, their heavy bodies stretched out on the straw. It was

    extraordinarily calm, peaceful. I stayed there and listened to their

    breathing, breathing in the same air, thinking about nothing. It was as

    though I'd been invited to share this calm, melt into it. My tiredness, the

    day's worries all disappeared. This is what I try to transmit in the film.

    François Dupeyron - Director, excerpt from press folder

    Photos (3)

    Full credits (19)

    Executive Producer :

    Maurice Bernart

    Screenwriter :

    François Dupeyron

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre Gamet

    Assistant Operator :

    Julien Bureau

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Robert Schlockoff, Cédric Landemaine

    Sound editor :

    Corinne Lapassade

    Production Designer :

    Patrick Durand

    Costume designer :

    Catherine Bouchard

    Sound Mixer :

    Gérard Lamps

    Location Manager :

    Alain Agostini

    Assistant directors :

    Dominique Heinry, Jean-Christophe Delpias

    Director of Photography :

    Tetsuo Nagata

    Sound Assistant :

    Bernard Chaumeil

    Production managers :

    Claude Albouze, Angelo Barbagallo

    Editor :

    Bernard Sasia

    Continuity supervisor :

    Sylvie Koechlin

    Music Composers :

    Michel Portal, Brian Yamakoshi

    Sales Agent :

    Jacques-Eric Strauss

    Still Photographer :

    Moune Jamet

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Themes :

    Monde rural

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Yes

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1999

    French release :

    08/09/1999

    Runtime :

    1 h 15 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    95.035

    Visa issue date :

    03/08/1999

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    CinemaScope

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections (10)

    Melbourne International Film Festival - 2000

    Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia, 2000)

    Selection

    French films selected

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

    Selection (2)

    Most Promising Actor : Éric Caravaca

    Best Supporting Actor : Jacques Dufilho

    Punta Del Este - International Film Festival - 2000

    Punta Del Este - International Film Festival (Uruguay, 2000)

    Selection

    Films selected

    Cairo - International Film Festival - 1999

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1999)

    Selection

    Festival of festivals

    Acapulco French Film Festival - 1999

    Acapulco French Film Festival (Mexico, 1999)

    Selection

    French Feature Films

    San Sebastian International Film Festival - 1999

    San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain, 1999)

    Selection

    Official Competition

    TIFF - 1999

    TIFF (Canada, 1999)

    Selection

    Contemporary World Cinema

    Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1999

    Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1999)

    Selection

    Feature Films

    Awards (2)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2000)

    Awards

    César Award for Most Promising Actor : Éric Caravaca

    San Sebastian International Film Festival - 1999

    San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain, 1999)

    Awards (2)

    Golden Shell for Best Film

    Silver Shell for Best Actor : Jacques Dufilho

    Delegations (4)