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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

    Synopsis

    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

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    News agency (France) :

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    International releases (28)

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    Photos (6)

    Full credits (15)

    Executive Producer :

    Christine Gozlan

    Screenwriters :

    Danièle Thompson, Christopher Thompson

    Sound Recordist :

    Michel Kharat

    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

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Marc Fabre

    Production Manager :

    Olivier Hélie

    Editor :

    Sylvie Landra

    Production Designer :

    Michèle Abbé

    Casting :

    Stéphane Foenkinos, Élodie Demey

    Sound Mixer :

    Vincent Arnardi

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Comedy

    Production language :

    French

    Production country :

    France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

    Production year :

    2005

    French release :

    15/02/2006

    Runtime :

    1 h 46 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    112.436

    Visa issue date :

    06/01/2006

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Posters (2)

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    News (14)

    Festival Selections (18)

    Festival du Film Francophone d'Athènes  - 2010

    Festival du Film Francophone d'Athènes (Greece, 2010)

    Selection

    Carte blanche et présentation au public

    French Film Festival in China - 2007

    French Film Festival in China (China, 2007)

    Selection

    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 Original Screenplay : Christopher Thompson, Danièle Thompson

    Best Editing : Sylvie Landra

    Best Supporting Actress : Dani

    Best Supporting Actress : Valérie Lemercier

    Best Actress : Cécile De France

    Cairo - International Film Festival - 2006

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 2006)

    Selection

    Festival of festivals

    Lisbon - French Film Festival - 2006

    Lisbon - French Film Festival (Portugal, 2006)

    Selection

    Week of French Cinema - films selected

    Festival du Film Francophone d'Athènes  - 2006

    Festival du Film Francophone d'Athènes (Greece, 2006)

    Selection

    Feature films selected

    Awards

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2007

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

    Awards

    César Award for Best Supporting Actress : Valérie Lemercier

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