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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

A Feature film by Christian Carion

Produced by Nord-Ouest Films

Release in France : 09/11/2005


    This film is inspired by a true story that took place during WWI, on Christmas Eve 1914, at many places along the front lines.
    When the war broke out during the summer of 1914, millions of men were taken by surprise and caught up in the ensuing maelstrom. And then Christmas arrived, with its snow and its stream of gifts from back home and from the army brass. But the surprise wasn’t to be found in the generous parcels that littered the trenches.
    On this particular evening, a major event was to have a lasting effect on the destiny of four characters: a Scottish minister, a French lieutenant, a German tenor, and a Danish soprano. These stars of the era find themselves at the heart of an unprecedented fraternizing between soldiers from the German, French and British trenches. All will put down their guns and leave their trenches behind as they go to meet the enemy, shake his hand and exchange cigarettes or chocolates, and wish him Merry Christmas.



    Merry Christmas


    Actors (11)

    Production and distribution (6)

    Executive Producer :

    Nord-Ouest Films

    Foreign production companies :

    Senator Filmverleih, The Bureau, SCOPE Pictures

    French distribution :

    Fox France

    Co-productions :

    Zazi Films , Artémis Productions, TF1 Films Production, Pictanovo

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    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producer :

    Christophe Rossignon

    Associate producers :

    Daniel Marquet, Geneviève Lemal

    Director of Photography :

    Walther Vanden Ende

    Production Manager :

    Stéphane Riga

    Editor :

    Andrea Sedlackova

    Music Composer :

    Philippe Rombi

    Assistant Director :

    Pascal Salafa

    Screenwriter :

    Christian Carion

    Sound recordists :

    Pierre Mertens, Thomas Desjonquères, Dean Humphreys, Stéphane Reichart

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Dominique Segall, Astrid Gavard

    Production Designer :

    Jean-Michel Simonet

    Costume designer :

    Alison Forbes-Meyler

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Drama, Historical

    Production language :

    French, German, English

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, Romania

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, Romania)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 55 min

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    Posters (1)


    News (12)

    Festival Selections (18)

    Academy Awards - 2006

    Academy Awards (United States, 2006)


    Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2006

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

    Selection (6)

    Best Film

    Best Original Screenplay : Christian Carion

    Best Production Design : Jean-Michel Simonet

    Best Original Music : Philippe Rombi

    Best Costume Design : Alison Forbes-Meyler

    Best Supporting Actor : Dany Boon

    French Film Panorama in China - 2006

    French Film Panorama in China (China, 2006)


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    BAFTA - 2006

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    Seminci - 2005

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    Official Selection

    Ghent Film Festival - 2005

    Ghent Film Festival (Belgium, 2005)


    Opening Film

    Cannes International Film Festival - 2005

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 2005)


    Out of Competition

    Delegations (5)