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The Barbarian Invasions

The Barbarian Invasions

A Feature film by Denys Arcand

Produced by Pyramide Productions

Release in France : 24/09/2003


    Rémy, divorced and in his fifties, is in hospital. His ex-wife, Louise, puts through an urgent call to their son, Sébastien, who lives in London. Sébastien hesitates – his father and he have had nothing to say to each other for a long time. He finally accepts to return to Montreal to help his mother and offer his father support.
    As soon as he arrives, Sébastien moves heaven and earth, calls in favors and upsets the system in all kinds of ways. He’ll do anything to make his father’s situation more comfortable. He also gathers together at his father’s bedside the joyful group of people who’ve meant something to him in the past: relatives, friends and former lovers.
    What have they become in this time of “barbaric invasion?”
    Are they as still as irreverent and colorful as they once were? Do humor and desire still fill their dreams? In this time of barbaric invasion, the decline of the American empire continues…



    The Barbarian Invasions


    Actors (11)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Pyramide Productions

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    Pyramide International

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    Pyramide Distribution

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    Photos (6)

    Full credits (11)

    Author of original work :

    Denys Arcand

    Co-producer :

    Fabienne Vonier

    Sound recordists :

    Patrick Rousseau, Marie-Claude Gagné, Michel Descombes, Gavin Fernandes

    Editor :

    Isabelle Dedieu

    Music Composer :

    Pierre Aviat

    Costume designer :

    Denis Sperdouklis

    Screenwriter :

    Denys Arcand

    Director of Photography :

    Guy Dufaux

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Bruno Barde

    Production Designer :

    François Seguin

    Casting :

    Lucie Robitaille, Nicolas Ronchi

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    Feature film

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    France, Canada

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    Minority French (France, Canada)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 39 min

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    Dolby SRD

    Posters (8)


    News (10)

    Festival Selections (10)

    Sydney French Film Festival - 2004

    Sydney French Film Festival (Australia, 2004)


    Films selected

    Academy Awards - 2004

    Academy Awards (United States, 2004)

    Selection (2)

    Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

    Nomination for Best Original Screenplay

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2004

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2004)

    Selection (4)

    Best Film

    Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Denys Arcand

    Best Director : Denys Arcand

    Most Promising Actress : Marie-Josée Croze

    Lumiere Awards - 2004

    Lumiere Awards (France, 2004)


    Best Foreign Film

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) - 2004

    Rotterdam International Film Festival (IFFR) (The Netherlands, 2004)


    Main Program Section Feature Films

    BFI London Film Festival - 2003

    BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain, 2003)


    Films selected

    TIFF - 2003

    TIFF (Canada, 2003)



    Cannes International Film Festival - 2003

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 2003)


    Official Competition - Feature Films

    Awards (4)

    Academy Awards - 2004

    Academy Awards (United States, 2004)


    Best Foreign Film

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2004

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2004)

    Awards (3)

    César Award for Best Film

    César Award for Best Original or Adapted Screenplay

    César Award for Best Director : Denys Arcand

    Lumiere Awards - 2004

    Lumiere Awards (France, 2004)


    Lumiere Award for Best Foreign Film

    Cannes International Film Festival - 2003

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 2003)

    Awards (2)

    Award for Best actress : Marie-Josée Croze

    Best Screenplay Award : Denys Arcand

    Delegations (2)