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Small Thief

Small Thief

A Feature film by Érick Zonca

Produced by Agat films - Ex nihilo

Release in France : 04/03/2000


    S. is an eighteen-year-old baker's apprentice in Orléans. Not for much longer. S. decides to change his life. He wants to make a radical break. Nothing will be like it was before: neither him, nor his relationship with himself and other people. He leaves Orléans for Marseille, where, after a painful initiation, he realizes his dream. He becomes a thief amongst thieves…

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    Production and distribution (3)

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    Agat films - Ex nihilo

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    I shot “The Dreamlife of Angels” in Lille even thought I didn’t know the city. The same urge for discovery led me to set the “The Small Thief” in Marseilles. Other factors, though, influenced that decision. The story was harsh in itself, and I needed an environment that wouldn’t exaggerate the social harshness. I needed some sun and some sea (even if you don’t see much of it in the film). I also wanted to work with another kind of light. And then, S. comes from the middle of France, and I wanted him to go to a town where he could meet all kinds of different people. Marseilles is very cosmopolitan, so all kinds of encounters are possible. And maybe also in S.’s mind, Marseilles is a city of gangs, a city that will suit his purposes. Finally, Marseilles is a magic, enchanting city – and, in the end, when things get hot in Marseilles, they get real hot.

    Erick Zonca, director

    Full credits (14)

    Executive Producer :

    Gilles Sandoz

    Adaptation :

    Érick Zonca, Virginie Wagon

    Screenwriters :

    Érick Zonca, Virginie Wagon

    Sound Assistant :

    Éric Thomas

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Robert Schlockoff, Cédric Landemaine

    Sound Editor :

    Raphaël Girardot

    Costume designer :

    Cécile Bergès

    Assistant directors :

    Virginie Wagon, Fred Nicolas

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Jacques Ferran

    Directors of Photography :

    Pierre Milon, Catherine Pujol

    Production Manager :

    Cristobal Matheron

    Editor :

    Jean-Robert Thomann

    Production Designer :

    Kristina Zonca

    Sound Mixer :

    Stéphane Thiébaut

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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 30 min

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    Dolby A

    Posters (1)


    Selections (11)

    Istanbul Film Festival - 2000

    Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey , 2000)


    Young Stars of World Cinema

    Göteborg Film Festival - 2000

    Göteborg Film Festival (Sweden, 2000)


    Films selected

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) - 2000

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) (The Netherlands, 2000)


    Main Program Section Feature Films

    BFI London Film Festival - 1999

    BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain, 1999)


    Films selected

    Locarno Film Festival - 1999

    Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland, 1999)


    Piazza Grande