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No One Writes to the Colonel

A Feature film by Arturo Ripstein

Release in France : 02/06/1999

    Synopsis

    The Colonel waits. They promised him a pension, which for years has remained a promise unfulfilled. Every Friday after Friday, solemn and dressed in his finest suit, the Colonel waits by the dock in anticipation of the letter announcing the arrival of his pension. Everyone in the small town knows that he waits in vain. He knows it, too. But the Colonel, eyes closed to the all too evident truth, stands by his dream – if not, what else remains for him? There is hunger in the Colonel’s house. His wife is a sack od bones consumed by asthma, and the Colonel lives ashamed of his poverty with the shame befiting a decent man. Against wind and tide, against hunger, and against his wife’s objections, repeated like a litany "What will we eat?" the Colonel’s reply of is terse – it is a reply he has choked back for more than twenty years : "We will eat shit".

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-production :

    DMVB Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Open Art Productions

    Foreign production companies :

    Tornasol Films, Producciones Amaranta

    French distribution :

    DMVB Films

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    International releases (9)

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    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Jorge Sanchez

    Screenwriter :

    Paz Alicia Garciadiego

    Director of Photography :

    Guillermo Granillo

    Press Attaché (film) :

    François Vila

    Music Composer :

    David Mansfield

    Line producers :

    Laura Imperiale, Mariela Besuievsky

    Co-producers :

    Gérardo Herrero, Thierry Forte

    Sound Recordist :

    Jorge Ruiz

    Editor :

    Fernando Pardo

    Costume designer :

    Guadalupe Sanchez

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    Spanish

    Coproducer countries :

    Mexico, Spain, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Minority French (Mexico, Spain, France)

    Production year :

    1999

    French release :

    02/06/1999

    Runtime :

    1 h 58 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    95.123

    Visa issue date :

    04/06/1999

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Posters (1)

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    Festival Selections (4)

    Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2000

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 2000)

    Selection

    Main Program Section Feature Films

    TIFF - 1999

    TIFF (Canada, 1999)

    Selection

    Masters

    Moscow - International Film Festival - 1999

    Moscow - International Film Festival (Russia, 1999)

    Selection

    Panorama

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1999

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1999)

    Selection

    Official Competition - Feature Films