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Année de la comète (L')

A Feature film by Maryse Sistach, José Buil

Produced by Alhena Films

Release in France : 16/06/1999

    Synopsis

    Victor, a young itinerant Mexican, is wild about the cinema. Thanks to Guy, a French representative of the Lumière brothers, Victor acquires a camera and the necessary skills to film the Mexican revolution of 1910, in which over million people died. "L'Année de la comète" is the story of an an initiatory voyage in the same year that Halley's comet appeared. The start of the revolution and the consolidation of filmmaking in Mexico intersect along this journey toward the United States in one of those ramshackle traveling theaters that criss-crossed the country at the time.

    Actors (5)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Alhena Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Alhena Films

    Co-productions :

    Multivideo, Resonancia Productora

    French distribution :

    Swift

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    About

    I decided to produce this film because the story was so strong. It corresponded to what I wanted to produce, namely a tale of events within a special social context, in this case the event being the invention of the movies and the social context being the political and cultural revolution in Mexico in 1911. Maryse Sistach, a brillant young director, was able to write a script that would appael to the general public, something that is very important in my production decisions. I want my films to be easily accessible. It's true that these days the film mayseem a little old-fashionned, insofar as it is hard to get it to the public without a major media blitz, despite its highly sellable story. The blitz wasn't financially feasible. However, I'm proud to have made the film, and very happy to have co-produced it in Mexico, where I was able to meet real, earnest partners who love movies.

    (Chris Bolzli - Producer)

    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producer :

    Chris Bolzli

    Co-producer :

    David Brolliet

    Sound Recordist :

    Juan Carlos Prieto

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Sophie Rambal, Carole Ehlinger

    Production Designer :

    Fernando Solorio

    Costume designer :

    Guadalupe Sanchez

    Screenwriters :

    Maryse Sistach, José Buil

    Director of Photography :

    Gabriel Beristain

    Production managers :

    Fernando Camara, Sylvie Randonneix

    Editor :

    Guillermo Maldonato

    Music Composer :

    Annette Fradera

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Comedy

    Production language :

    Spanish

    Coproducer countries :

    Mexico, Spain

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (Mexico, Spain)

    Production year :

    1998

    French release :

    16/06/1999

    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    93.894

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color