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A Feature film by Nae Caranfil

Produced by MACT Productions

Release in France : 05/06/2002


    Ovidiu, 35, a literature teacher in a Bucharest school, dreams of becoming a famous writer.
    He falls madly in love with Diana, a model, who extols the virtues of a brand of toothpaste in an advertisement.
    To please her, and to satisfy all her whims, he pretends he’s a young millionaire and spends the equivalent of several months of his meager teacher’s wages in one weekend.
    He can only afford such extravagance because of Pepe, a rather strange “godfather”. Mister Pepe, 60, a sreenwriter/songsmith for beggars, has set up a foundation called Philanthropique that he uses as a cover for his scams. Intrigued by the vast possibilities of charity, he invents a high class, extremely lucrative sting involving Ovidiu.
    This double life rapidly becomes risky and difficult for Ovidiu to manage. Just how far will Pepe drag him down?
    In the game of appearances, he risks losing his soul. He’s but a puppet in Pepe’s game, which is a scam on a national scale.

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    Production and distribution (3)

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    MACT Productions

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    Domino Film

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    "Philanthropique" won the Audience Prize at the 2002 Paris Film Festival.

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    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producer :

    Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre

    Director of photography :

    Vivi Dragan Vasile

    Production Manager :

    François-Xavier Decraene

    Editors :

    Thierry Derocles, Tiberiu Teodorescu

    Production Designer :

    Mihnea Mihailescu

    Costume designer :

    Svetlana Mihailescu

    Screenwriter :

    Nae Caranfil

    Sound recordists :

    Jean-Claude Brisson, François Domerc

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Denise Breton

    Continuity supervisor :

    Elena Ene

    Music Composer :

    Marius Mihalache

    Sound Mixer :

    François Groult

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Romania, France

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    Nationality :

    Minority French (Romania, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 43 min

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