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The Birthday

The Birthday

A Feature film by Diane Kurys

Produced by New Light Films

Release in France : 21/09/2005


    Raphaël Kessler, one of the kings of European reality TV, invites his best friends to celebrate his birthday by spending the weekend in his sumptuous residence in Marrakech. They’re not a group but a gang, the crew with whom Kessler fought for free radio back at the beginning of the eighties. But the businessman’s provocative success is tainted by a dark secret. Twenty years earlier, he betrayed his friends, and he intends to use his birthday party to redeem himself. He offers each of his friends four million euro. The group’s reaction, however, is not what he hoped for. But, deep down, is this a purely generous gesture or yet another attempt to manipulate the people around him?

    Actors (15)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    New Light Films

    French distribution :

    Mars Distribution

    Co-productions :

    STUDIOCANAL, France 3 Cinéma

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    International releases (3)

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    Photos (5)

    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producer :

    Alexandre Arcady

    Adaptation :

    Daniel Saint-Hamont, Diane Kurys

    Producers :

    Robert Benmussa, Diane Kurys

    Screenwriter :

    Diane Kurys

    Assistant Operators :

    Susana Gomes, Miguel Malheiros

    Production managers :

    Jean-Paul Battaggia, Samy Layani

    Editor :

    Yann Malcor

    Continuity supervisor :

    Isabelle Querrioux

    Music Composers :

    Pancho Abaldonato, Jeff Bourassin, Boris Theullier

    Costume designer :

    Annie Périer

    Assistant directors :

    Ludovic Bernard, Marion Garde-Marchadier

    Dialogue Writers :

    Daniel Saint-Hamont, Diane Kurys

    Sound recordists :

    Jean-Louis Ughetto, Christian Fontaine, Raphaël Sohier

    Director of Photography :

    José-Antonio Loureiro

    Camera Operator :

    Rodolphe Lauga

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Dominique Segall

    Assistant editors :

    Christine Lucas-Navarro, Géraldine Rétif

    Production Designer :

    Tony Egry

    Casting :

    Françoise Menidrey

    Still Photographer :

    Thierry Valletoux

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

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    Posters (1)



    Selections (4)

    Cairo - International Film Festival - 2006

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 2006)


    Festival of festivals

    Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival - 2006

    Mostra - São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil, 2006)


    Official International Selection

    French Film Panorama in China - 2006

    French Film Panorama in China (China, 2006)


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    Delegations (2)