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A Feature film by Thomas Vincent

Produced by ADR Productions

Release in France : 03/03/1999


    Dunkirk, northern France, February 1998. It's carnival season a month and a half of festivities, parades, and songs that turns the city upside down. After a violent argument with his father, Larbi has decided to flee the family gas station, to start a new life in the southern city of Marseille. Forced to spend one last night in Dunkirk, he shelters in a doorway where he is disturbed by Béa and Christian, a tipsy carnival couple returning from a ball. Larbi is charmed by Béa, and decides to stick around for a few days, to try his luck... only the carnival could make such an encounter possible.

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    I liked the subject a great deal. It's a love story that takes place during the carnival in Dunkirk, a town that has an amazingly popular carnival, unique in France. Thomas Vincent had already made two shorts. Our work together on "Karnaval" led to true friendship. If producing a film also produces another friend, so much the better. I like the film enormously, and people who have already seen it have given it a good reception. If features a great young actress, Sylvie Testud. She's already well known in Germany, though not in France. But I predict she'll have a great future here, too. Being a producer means discovering talent - by which I also mean the other two actors, Clovis Cornillac, who is better known in the legitimate theater, and Amar Ben Abdellah, who hadn't ever acted in a film. Together they make an extraordinary trio. I've got a soft spot for this film because we really did a good job on the casting. We really worked to find the right people, took our time, thought about each role free from financial pressures.

    (Alain Rozanes - producer)

    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producers :

    Alain Rozanes, Pascal Verroust

    Co-producers :

    Dante Desarthe, Nathalie Lamailière

    Sound Recordist :

    Régis Leroux

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Matilde Incerti

    Production Designer :

    André Fonsny

    Costume designer :

    Anne Fournier

    Screenwriters :

    Thomas Vincent, Maxime Sassier

    Director of Photography :

    Dominique Bouilleret

    Production Manager :

    Mat Troi Day

    Editor :

    Pauline Dairou

    Music Composer :

    Krishna Levy

    Location Manager :

    Ludovic Henry

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    Feature film

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    France, Belgium

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    Majority French (France, Belgium)

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    1 h 28 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (8)

    Warsaw - French Film Festival - 2000

    Warsaw - French Film Festival (Poland, 2000)


    Films selected

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2000

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

    Selection (3)

    Most Promising Actor : Clovis Cornillac

    Best first picture : Thomas Vincent

    Most Promising Actress : Sylvie Testud

    Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2000

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (The Netherlands, 2000)


    Main Program Section Feature Films

    Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival - 1999

    Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil, 1999)


    Official International Selection


    Berlin International Film Festival - 1999

    Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 1999)


    Alfred Bauer Prize - Best First Film