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The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

A Feature film by Michael Cacoyannis

Produced by Les Films de l'Astre

Release in France : 12/01/2000


    Madam Lyubov Ranevsky’s daughter, Anya, arrives in Paris to take her vulnerable, child-like mother back to Russia. Five years earlier, after the drowning of her young son. Lyubov had run away from the family estate, famous for its cherry orchard, and taken refuge in France with a lover who having bled her dry, eventually abandoned her.

    Actors (6)

    Production and distribution (2)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films de l'Astre

    French distribution :

    Les Films de l'Astre

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country


    Several years ago, spurred by my deep admiration for Chekhov, I did an English translation of “The Cherry Orchard,” which many people consider to be his greatest play. It was exciting and rewarding to explore Chekhov’s unpretentious, totally accessible view of the human condition. I had already filmed the plays of another great playwright, Euripides, in which I tried to free myself from theatrical conventions. Since those movies won critical acclaim, garnered many prizes including an Oscar nomination, and attracted a worldwide cast, I decided to adapt “The Cherry Orchard” for the screen. I followed the same approach, remaining faithful to the spirit of the original even as I took certain liberties – replacing words with images, widening the scope of the action every time plot and author’s intentions allowed. The result is a movie based on a literary source rather than simply “filmed theater.”

    Michael Cacoyannis, director (excerpt from press kit).

    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producer :

    Michael Cacoyannis

    Screenwriter :

    Michael Cacoyannis

    Sound Recordist :

    Alexander Bachvarov

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Bruno Barde, Sophie Bataille

    Production Designer :

    Ivan Andrev

    Costume designer :

    Jane Hamilton

    Line Producers :

    Yannoulla Wakefield, Alexander Metodiev

    Director of Photography :

    Aris Stavrou

    Production Manager :

    Pat Arvanti

    Editors :

    Michael Cacoyannis, Takis Hadzis

    Music Composer :

    Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski

    Location Manager :

    Ludovic Henry

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Greece, Cyprus, France

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    Minority French (Greece, Cyprus, France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 17 min

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    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)


    Michael Cacoyannis

    Michael Cacoyannis

    The Cherry Orchard (1999), TROYENNES (LES) (1971), ZORBA LE GREC (1964)

    Festival Selections (2)

    Cannes Film Market - 2000

    Cannes Film Market (France, 2000)



    Montreal World Film Festival - 1999

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1999)


    Out of Competition