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Why (not) Brazil

Why (not) Brazil

A Feature film by Laetitia Masson

Produced by Rezo Productions

Release in France : 15/09/2004


    It’s the story of a film director going through a bad patch artistically and who believes that a sign of a filmmaker’s true decline is to give in and adapt a novel, and even worse, to try and adapt a ‘good’ novel for the screen. Her name is Laetitia Masson.
    Unfortunately, the only producer who is still interested in her work suggests something even worse: the adaptation of a totally impossible novel, for it’s written by a contemporary author (which doesn’t help things) and friend (which makes things really complicated). The novel is called “Pourquoi le Brésil?” The author’s name is Angot. The friend’s name is Christine. The director has no choice. She needs money, she’s fond of the book, she’s fond of her friend, and she fancies the producer (even though his favorite joke is: How do you become a millionaire? By being a millionaire and investing in the movies.) His name is Maurice Rey.
    Masson throws herself into adapting the novel: writing, setting up the production, finding a cast. Work begins, and trouble along with it. She thinks she’ll never make it, that this adaptation is impossible. But the more she thinks it’s impossible, the more the book infiltrates her life and, little by little, without knowing it, she becomes adapted by the novel.
    “Pourquoi (pas) le Brésil?” is the story of this reverse adaptation: a book that adapts a film. And at the moment when the director, riddled with doubt, gives up on making the film, the film is done.

    Actors (16)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Rezo Productions

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Rezo World Sales

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    French distribution :

    Rezo Films

    Photos (10)

    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producers :

    Jean-Michel Rey, Maurice Bernart, Philippe Liégeois

    Author of original work :

    Christine Angot

    Screenwriter :

    Laetitia Masson

    Director of photography :

    Crystel Fournier

    Production manager :

    Sybil Nicolas

    Editor :

    Aïlo Auguste

    Assistant Editor :

    Tristan Meunier

    Production Designer :

    Mathieu Menut

    Costume designer :

    Catherine Bouchard

    Sound mixers :

    Cyril Holtz, Philippe Amouroux

    Assistant directors :

    Mathilde Cukierman, Félicie Leguay

    Sound Recordist :

    Pierre André

    Voice :

    André Marcon

    Sound Assistant :

    Franck Duval

    Press Attaché (film) :

    François Hassan Guerrar

    Sound Editor :

    Pierre André

    Continuity supervisor :

    Amélie Milhau

    Casting :

    Brigitte Moidon

    Grader :

    Christophe Bousquet

    Location Manager :

    Nicolas Leclere

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 32 min

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    Dolby SRD