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The Stand-in / A Belly Full

The Stand-in / A Belly Full

A Feature film by Melvin Van Peebles

Produced by Euripide Productions

Release in France : 28/06/2000


    Once upon a time, 1967 towards the end of summer…a couple appear at the doord of an orphanage. It turns out that the couple own a bistro at the edge of a forest that does a brisk business at lunchtime. The couple say that they arelooking for a nice girl to replace their daughter who normally lent them a hand at noontime. They say, theiur daughter had to go to Toulouse to take care of a maiden aunt who had suddenly fallen sick. " I am affraid that you have a mistake " says the directress of the orphanage. " This is a special orphanage st aside for girls of colonial ancestry ". The couple reply that color was only skin deep…That black, white, mixed it was all the same to them. They say that besides, as long as they were there anyway, maybe they should look around. They ask the directress did she have a girl who might be suitable ?…

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Euripide Productions

    Line production :

    Euripide Productions

    French distribution :

    Goutte d'Or Distribution

    Co-productions :

    Havas Images, Voleurs d'Ombre Productions, Harlekijn

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    It was sometime around November 1998. Melvin Van Peebles was arriving from the U.S., and I was waiting for him in Paris to take him to the Three Continents Festival in Nantes, where he was receiving an award. I explained the financial situation for “The Stand In,” and he said, “Let’s shoot in DV.” I’d seen other films by Melvin, and I’d been impressed by the way he made the images sing and dance, lending a special style to his movies. So shooting in video and using all the post-production possibilities of digital editing instantly seemed to match Melvin’s compositional style. The little camera was treated like a big one by actors and crew alike. In late 1999 we received the 35mm negative. No grading was even needed on the answer print – it was perfect.

    Jean-Pierre Saire, executive producer, excerpt from press kit

    Photos (4)

    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producers :

    Frédéric Sichler, Daniel Toscan du Plantier

    Line Producer :

    Jean-Pierre Saire

    Director of Photography :

    Philippe Pavans de Cecatty

    Editor :

    Catherine d'Hoir

    Music Composer :

    Melvin Van Peebles

    Sound Recordist :

    Philippe Richard

    Screenwriter :

    Melvin Van Peebles

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Jeanine Euvrard

    Production Designer :

    Kim Nezzar

    Costume designer :

    Claire Gérard-Hirne

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, The Netherlands

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    Majority French (France, The Netherlands)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 39 min

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    Posters (1)


    Selections (3)

    Göteborg Film Festival - 2001

    Göteborg Film Festival (Sweden, 2001)


    Films selected

    Cannes Film Market - 2000

    Cannes Film Market (France, 2000)



    La Semaine de la Critique - Cannes - 2000

    La Semaine de la Critique - Cannes (France, 2000)


    Official Competition