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Water Drops on Burning Rocks

Water Drops on Burning Rocks

A Feature film by François Ozon

Produced by Fidélité Films

Release in France : 15/03/2000


    Germany, the 70’s. Naive young Franz moves in with Leopold, a much older successful businessman. Role-playing and manipulation take their toll on the couple, eventually resulting in the two men seeing only their differences. The situation takes on a new twist when the two men’s former girlfriends re-enter the picture.

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Fidélité Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Celluloid Dreams

    Co-production :

    Les Films Alain Sarde

    French distribution :

    Haut et Court

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    I had long wanted to make a film about a couple and the difficulties of living together. When I saw Fassbinder’s stage play, I realized I didn’t have to write a new film script: the play already existed, and it exactly fitted the story I had in mind. Fassbinder’s great strength is that in plunging the audience into the anecdotal details of one couple’s daily life, he gives us a view of every couple on earth. I had two models for making a screen version of a play: “The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant” (which is also a chamber piece shot in the studio, with no exteriors to give it air), and “Smoking/No Smoking,” in which Alain Resnais captures the essential theatricality of the text in the scenery, the acting style and the artificiality of the language. Citing Sternberg and Sirk, Fassbinder said that artificiality is the only way we can penetrate the truth of characters. I tried to follow that principle in my mise-en-scene and draw the audience into the logic of the film, so that they may follow the characters that much more closely.

    François Ozon, Director

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    Full credits (18)

    Executive Producers :

    Marc Missonnier, Olivier Delbosc

    Adaptation :

    François Ozon

    Co-producers :

    Christine Gozlan, Alain Sarde

    Sound Recordist :

    Éric Devulder

    Production Manager :

    Pierre Wallon

    Editors :

    Laurence Bawedin, Claudine Bouché

    Continuity supervisor :

    Agathe Grau

    Casting :

    Antoinette Boulat

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean-Pierre Laforce

    Assistant Director :

    Hubert Barbin

    Author of original work :

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    Director of photography :

    Jeanne Lapoirie

    Assistant Operators :

    Mounia Lamrani Malhuret, Benoît Rizzotti

    Press Attachés (film) :

    André-Paul Ricci, Tony Arnoux

    Sound Editor :

    Benoît Hillebrant

    Production Designer :

    Arnaud de Moleron

    Costume designer :

    Pascaline Chavanne

    Still Photographer :

    Jean-Claude Moireau

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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    Dolby SRD

    Posters (1)


    News (2)

    Festival Selections (11)

    Istanbul Film Festival - 2001

    Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey , 2001)


    From Literature to the Silver Screen

    Göteborg Film Festival - 2001

    Göteborg Film Festival (Sweden, 2001)


    Films selected

    Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival - 2000

    Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil, 2000)


    Official International Selection

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2000

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2000)


    Panorama of World Cinema

    Montreal World Film Festival - 2000

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 2000)


    Out of Competition

    Cannes Film Market - 2000

    Cannes Film Market (France, 2000)



    Berlin International Film Festival - 2000

    Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 2000)


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