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Live & Become

Live & Become

A Feature film by Radu Mihaileanu

Produced by Elzévir Films

Release in France : 30/03/2005


    1984. Hundreds of thousands of Africans from twenty-six countries hit by famine amass in refugee camps in Sudan. Israel and the United States undertake a huge rescue operation (Operation Moses) to transport thousands of Ethiopian Jews (Falashas) to Israel.
    A mother of Christian faith makes her nine-year-old son pretend he’s Jewish so as to save him from famine and death.
    The child arrives in the Holy Land. Declared an orphan, he’s adopted by a French Sephardic family who live in Tel Aviv. He grows up fearing that his double lie and secret will be revealed: neither Jewish, nor orphan, he’s simply black.
    He discovers love, Western culture, and Jewish faith along with racism and war in the Occupied Territories. He becomes Jewish, Israeli, French and Tunisian – a true Tower of Babel.
    But he never forgets his real mother, who remained behind in a camp and who he secretly and stubbornly dreams of finding again one day.

    Actors (11)

    Production and distribution (6)

    Executive Producer :

    Elzévir Films

    Co-productions :

    France 3 Cinéma, Oï Oï Oï Productions

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    Associate producer :

    Backup Films

    Foreign production companies :

    K2 Productions, RTL TVI Belgique, Transfax Films, Cattleya, SCOPE Pictures

    French distribution :

    Les Films du Losange

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    International releases (30)

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    Photos (6)

    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producers :

    Denis Carot, Marie Masmonteil

    Associate producer :

    Geneviève Lemal

    Foreign producers :

    Marco Chimenz, Marek Rozenbaum, Giovanni Stabilini, Itai Tamir, Ricardo Tozzi

    Director of Photography :

    Rémy Chevrin

    Assistant Operator :

    Alexandre Szabo-Fresnais

    Press Attachés (film) :

    André-Paul Ricci, Tony Arnoux

    Sound Editor :

    Eric De Vos

    Continuity supervisors :

    Olivia Bruynoghe, Sari Turgeman

    Music Composer :

    Armand Amar

    Sound Mixer :

    Bruno Tarrière

    Assistant Director :

    Olivier Jacquet

    Screenwriters :

    Radu Mihaileanu, Alain-Michel Blanc

    Co-producer :

    Radu Mihaileanu

    Sound Recordist :

    Henri Morelle

    Production Manager :

    Yorick Kalbache

    Editor :

    Ludo Troch

    Assistant editors :

    Catherine Le Mignant-Labye, Séverine Cava, Laurent Pelé

    Production Designer :

    Eytan Levy

    Costume designer :

    Rona Doron

    Still Photographer :

    Amit Berlowitz

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Exile, Childhood

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    Coproducer countries :

    Belgium, Italy, Israel, France

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (Belgium, Italy, Israel, France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 20 min

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    Dolby SRD

    Posters (5)


    News (12)

    Festival Selections (17)

    Festival du Film Francophone de Grèce  - 2006

    Festival du Film Francophone de Grèce (Greece, 2006)


    Feature films selected

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2006

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2006)

    Selection (4)

    Best Film

    Best Original Screenplay : Alain-Michel Blanc, Radu Mihaileanu

    Best Original Music : Armand Amar

    Best Director : Radu Mihaileanu

    Lumiere Awards - 2006

    Lumiere Awards (France, 2006)


    Prix du public mondial TV5 Monde

    FIFF - 2005

    FIFF (Belgium, 2005)


    Focus on Belgian Cinema

    TIFF - 2005

    TIFF (Canada, 2005)


    Contemporary World Cinema

    Awards (3)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2006

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2006)

    Awards (2)

    César Award for Best Original Screenplay : Radu Mihaileanu

    César Award for Best Original Screenplay : Alain-Michel Blanc

    Lumiere Awards - 2006

    Lumiere Awards (France, 2006)


    Berlin International Film Festival - 2005

    Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, 2005)

    Awards (3)

    Ecumenical Jury Prize

    Delegations (7)