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The Ax

The Ax

A Feature film by Costa Gavras

Produced by KG Productions

Release in France : 02/03/2005


    A business executive, who was fired by his company after it underwent restructuring, is ready to do anything to get his job back - even if it means killing his rivals.

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    Executive Producer :

    KG Productions

    Foreign production companies :

    Les Films du Fleuve, SCOPE Pictures

    French distribution :

    Mars Distribution

    Co-productions :

    STUDIOCANAL, France 2 Cinéma

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    The Ax by Costa-Gravas (Le Couperet, France, 2005, 122 min.). A laid-off worker devises a novel approach to finding a new job—by “eliminating” any fellow applicants—in this mercilessly entertaining comedy from director Costa-Gavras. Based on a novel by American author Donald E. Westlake, The Ax puts outsourcing, downsizing, and other 21st-century business trends where they belong: on the chopping block. When we first meet the middle-aged Bruno, he appears to be a not-so-polished international assassin, but as he confesses his life’s story, we realize that murder is merely a stepping stone to a less (or more) ruthless dream: to rejoin corporate life. José García gives Bruno a bumbling appeal in his single-minded approach to avoiding “the ax.” The film takes the logic of capitalism to its illogical extreme. Description adapted from the San Francisco International Film Festival.

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    Executive Producer :

    Michèle Ray Gavras

    Adaptation :

    Jean-Claude Grumberg

    Director of Photography :

    Patrick Blossier

    Production Manager :

    Yvon Crenn

    Editor :

    Yannick Kergoat

    Production Designer :

    Laurent Deroo

    Costume designer :

    Laurence Marechal

    Assistant Director :

    Joseph Rapp

    Associate producer :

    Geneviève Lemal

    Sound recordists :

    Nicolas Naegelen, Nicolas Moreau, Thomas Gauder

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Dominique Segall, Laurent Renard

    Continuity supervisor :

    Marika Piedboeuf

    Music Composer :

    Armand Amar

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Belgium, Spain

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    Majority French (France, Belgium, Spain)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 2 min

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    Posters (1)


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    BRIFF - 2020

    BRIFF (Belgium, 2020)



    Göteborg Film Festival - 2006

    Göteborg Film Festival (Sweden, 2006)


    Films selected

    Seminci - 2005

    Seminci (Spain, 2005)


    Official Selection

    Melbourne International Film Festival - 2005

    Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia, 2005)


    International Panorama

    Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris - 2005

    Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris (France, 2005)

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