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Fauteuils d'orchestre

Fauteuils d'orchestre

A Feature film by Danièle Thompson

Produced by Thelma Films

Release in France : 15/02/2006


    Catherine’s a hit on TV; she’s famous, popular, adored. And yet, all she dreams of is to be in art-house movies and appreciated by the intellectual set. Tonight, she’s performing in her 100th episode; during the day she’s rehearsing a play at the Champs- Élysées Theater. She’s overworked, but the play opens on the 17th and one’s got to be on form to play Feydeau, even if one prefers Sartre! On the 17th, Jean-François, an exceptionally gifted, adulated, overbooked pianist, will be playing Beethoven next door in the world’s greatest theater, with the best musicians, the most refined audience… And yet, all he dreams about is solitude, freedom, and an ignorant and naïve audience. Jacques’s whole life has been spent looking for and discovering artists, and raiding his piggy-bank to accumulate rare works. But come the 17th, he’s going to sell everything. In one night, his life’s work will be scattered to the four winds. His grandmother, a former palace toilet attendant, told him: “I didn’t have the means to live in luxury, so I decided to work in luxurious surroundings.” One day, Jessica also tries her luck in Paris. On the 17th, staff are needed and she’s hired in a café opposite the two theaters and the auction house. It’s here that the actress, pianist, waitress, concierge, collector, one of their son’s, and another one’s wife, come to heal their neurosis over a coffee or some frites. Confronted by this world that she thought was a paradise, the illusions of positive and lucid Jessica are shattered, only to be replaced by the key to a new life. One must be careful about orchestra seats: if they’re too far away, you miss the show, but if they’re too close, everything’s blurred.

    Actors (19)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Thelma Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

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    International releases (28)

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    Photos (6)

    Full credits (15)

    Executive Producer :

    Christine Gozlan

    Sound Recordist :

    Michel Kharat

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Marc Fabre

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Dominique Segall

    Continuity supervisor :

    Carole Fèvre

    Music Composer :

    Nicola Piovani

    Costume designer :

    Catherine Leterrier

    French press agent :

    Dominique Segall

    Assistant Director :

    Denis Bergonhe

    Screenwriters :

    Danièle Thompson, Christopher Thompson

    Production Manager :

    Olivier Hélie

    Editor :

    Sylvie Landra

    Production Designer :

    Michèle Abbé

    Casting :

    Stéphane Foenkinos, Élodie Demey

    Sound Mixer :

    Vincent Arnardi

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 46 min

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    Posters (2)


    News (14)

    Selections (18)

    Festival du Film Francophone de Grèce  - 2010

    Festival du Film Francophone de Grèce (Greece, 2010)


    Carte blanche et présentation au public

    French Film Panorama in China - 2007

    French Film Panorama in China (China, 2007)


    French feature films selected (out of competition)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2007

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2007)

    Selection (5)

    Best Editing : Sylvie Landra

    Best Actress : Cécile de France

    Best Original Screenplay : Christopher Thompson, Danièle Thompson

    Best Supporting Actress : Valérie Lemercier

    Best Supporting Actress : Dani

    Cairo - International Film Festival - 2006

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 2006)


    Festival of festivals

    Lisbon - French Film Festival - 2006

    Lisbon - French Film Festival (Portugal, 2006)


    Week of French Cinema - films selected


    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2007

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2007)


    César Award for Best Supporting Actress : Valérie Lemercier

    Delegations (9)