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Simon le Mage

Simon le Mage

A Feature film by Ildiko Enyedi

Produced by Artcam International

Release in France : 19/07/2000


    I'll tell you an old story. 1998, Paris. We hardly remember what it was like. Exquisite and rough, ironique and cheap at the same time. It was the end of something but not the beginning of anything yet. Just like ancient Rome in 100 AD when Simon Magus arrived there somewhere from the frontiers of the empire... A crime. With no trail. The police are clueless. And as they often do in secret, they ask a psychic to assist. The chosen man with extraordinary talents is a foreigner. He is from the East and calls himself : Simon. At the station, he sees a girl. She is pale and frightened, her name is Jeanne. A security guard is screaming at her. Simon looks fixedly at him who starts to groan. Then the guard grabs Jeanne's hand and kisses it clumsily. Simon falls instantly in love with Jeanne. He would like her to love him back, but he knows that where love is concerned he has no magic powers. Upon his arrival, as expected, paparazzi, disciples and those waiting for a miracle show up. and an old time rival, an other sorcerer. He challenges Simon to a real "sorcerer duel". They have to spend three days buried and rise on the third day. Simon agrees to the duel. Why ? Just because. A tired sorcerer withdrawn and despirited. He would rather rest. When they dig him out of his temporary grave on the third day and find him dead, no one is really surprised. They bury him back. Night falls. The sorcerer lies in his grave in the deoslate suburbs. Jeanne, rushing to a date. She is to meet Simon. She doesn't know anything about him, only that he is the man she loves. Frozen ground, then a blunt thump from below. A thin crack appears in the ground. The sorcerer died, but the man gets to his date on time.

    Actors (5)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Artcam International

    French distribution :

    Les Films du Paradoxe

    Foreign production companies :

    Budapest Filmstudio, Eurofilm, Alhena Films SA

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    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producers :

    Joël Farges, Élise Jalladeau

    Screenwriter :

    Ildiko Enyedi

    Co-producer :

    Juliette Grandmont

    Sound Recordist :

    Istvan Sipos

    Editor :

    Maria Rigo

    Music Composer :

    János Másik

    Assistant directors :

    David Carayon, Stéphanie Duvivier

    Foreign Producer :

    Chris Bolzli

    Director of Photography :

    Tibor Mathe

    Press Attaché (film) :

    François Vila

    Production Designer :

    Danka Semenowicz

    Costume designer :

    Claire Fraïssé

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Philosophical tale

    Production language :

    French, Hungarian

    Coproducer countries :

    Hungary, France, Switzerland

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    Nationality :

    Minority French (Hungary, France, Switzerland)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 32 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SR