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Ancient History

Ancient History

A Feature film by Orso Miret

Produced by Sunday Morning Productions

Release in France : 21/02/2001


    Olivier is preparing his thesis on the history of French Resistance members shot during World War II. His best friend, Guy, works in a book shop and provides him with the materials necessary for his research. What Olivier really wants is to meet Guy’s father who, at the end of the war, miraculously escaped from a group execution.
    The young bookseller procrastinates and the meeting never takes place: Guy hides from Olivier the news that the former Resistance hero has just recently died.
    Avoiding grief, Guy is gradually overtaken by a feeling of guilt: he soon blames himself for eradicating all trace of his father by honoring the deceased’s wish to be cremated. He returns to the bosom of the family, obsessed by the idea of his dead father.
    He finds his sister Danielle and brother Fabien worried about their mother, debilitated, both physically and mentally, by sorrow. Despite his siblings’ warnings, Guy insists on commemorating his father and taking sole charge of his mother. When she is hospitalized due to illness, Guy returns home, prey to increasing madness.

    Actors (27)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Sunday Morning Productions

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    Co-production :

    Arte France Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Les Films du Losange

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    Full credits (17)

    Executive Producers :

    Nathalie Mesuret, Bertrand Gore

    Sound Recordist :

    Patrice Mendez

    Director of Photography :

    Olivier Chambon

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Laurence Granec

    Sound Editor :

    Patrice Mendez

    Production Designer :

    Christian Roudil

    Casting :

    Nicolas Lublin

    Sound Mixer :

    Olivier Dô Hûu

    Location Manager :

    Bertrand Soupey

    Assistant directors :

    Cécile Chaspoul, Marion Lallier

    Screenwriters :

    Orso Miret, Roger Bohbot, Agnès de Sacy

    Production Manager :

    Hervé Duhamel

    Editor :

    Agnès Brückert

    Continuity supervisor :

    Sandra Di Pasquale

    Music Composer :

    Krishna Levy

    Costume designers :

    Jackie Budin, Anne Dunsford-Varenne

    Still Photographer :

    Jean-Claude Lother

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    Feature film

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    France (100.0%)

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    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 59 min

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    Posters (1)


    Selections (4)

    La Semaine de la Critique - Cannes - 2000

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


    Official Competition


    Prix Jean Vigo - 2000

    Prix Jean Vigo (France, 2000)


    Jean Vigo Award : Orso Miret