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Safe Conduct

Safe Conduct

A Feature film by Bertrand Tavernier

Produced by Les Films Alain Sarde

Release in France : 09/01/2002


    Paris, March 3, 1942. Continental, a German film company managed by Dr. Greven, has been producing French films since 1940. It presents a dilemma for French employees. Is it possible to work there “between the wolf’s jaws, there where it can’t bite you” as if nothing has happened, or is it better to refuse to collaborate and leave?
    Woven from their memories, the film retraces the trajectories of two men whose paths intersect.
    Jean Devaivre, assistant director, makes a point of getting a job at Continental with the ulterior motive of masking his Resistance activities. He’s a man of action, reckless, impulsive and daring.
    Jean Aurenche, a screenwriter and poet, strives with all his might to avoid working for the Germans. Self-contained, insatiable, curious and torn between three mistresses, he’s a man who takes action with his pen, with his words.
    A dozen other characters also come to life in this vision of Occupied France where some people fight back, while others collaborate. No matter their bias, everyone struggles against hunger, cold and restrictions just in order to survive. The film is dedicated to everyone that went through this experience.

    Actors (71)

    Production and distribution (6)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films Alain Sarde

    Co-productions :

    France 2 Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma, Little Bear

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    Line production :

    Little Bear

    Foreign production companies :

    Vértigo Films, CP Medien (ex- KC Medien)

    French distribution :

    Bac Films Distribution

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    Executive Producers :

    Alain Sarde, Frédéric Bourboulon

    Adaptation :

    Jean Cosmos

    Screenwriters :

    Bertrand Tavernier, Jean Cosmos

    Sound Recordist :

    Michel Desrois

    Assistant Operators :

    Christophe Asselin, Pascale Marin, Philippe Renaud

    Production Manager :

    François Hamel

    Editor :

    Sophie Brunet

    Assistant Editor :

    Guillaume Lebel

    Production Designer :

    Emile Ghigo

    Foley artist :

    Laurent Lévy

    Costume designer :

    Valérie Pozzo di Borgo

    Still Photographer :

    Éric Caro

    Assistant directors :

    Pascal Guérin, Valérie Othnin-Girard

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    Director of Photography :

    Alain Choquart

    Sound assistants :

    Jean-Michel Chauvet, Jean-Pierre Houel

    Camera operator :

    Myriam Vinocour

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Denise Breton, Isabelle Duvoisin

    Sound editor :

    Élisabeth Paquotte

    Continuity supervisor :

    Zoé Zurstrassen

    Music Composer :

    Antoine Duhamel

    Stunt performer :

    Olivier Vitrant

    Sound mixers :

    Didier Lesage, Éric Tisserand, Gérard Lamps

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 50 min

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    Dolby DTS

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