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Etoile imaginaire (L')

Etoile imaginaire (L')

A Feature film by Gianni Amelio

Release in France : 24/01/2007


    An Italian steelworks is sold to Chinese industrialists who wish to transport it, and all its parts, in particular its furnace, back to China. Vincenzo Buonavolontà, the factory’s maintenance manager, believes he’s detected an important flaw. Convinced of the professional necessity to repair the damage, and motivated by unshakeable moral honesty, Vincenzo undertakes a journey through modern China, giving an acute meaning to the human dimension of his ethical quest, like a modern-day Don Quixote.
    During his journey, thrown into a foreign world that is sometimes friendly, sometimes hostile, he encounters his Sancho Panza in the shape of a young Chinese woman, a guide at times enlightened, at times lost, who accompanies him to the heart of this country and its contradictions, communist and capitalist, rich and poor, avant-garde and reactionary.
    During this road movie in today’s China, Vincenzo and Liu Hua will make this old adage theirs: “the fool travels his whole life; the wise person knows the importance of his least footstep.”

    Actors (5)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-productions :

    Babe Films, France 2 Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Magrytte Films International

    Foreign production companies :

    Rai Cinema, Cattleya, Carac Film, RSI - Radiotelevisione Svizzera

    News agency (France) :

    Le Public Système Cinéma

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    Photos (8)

    Full credits (9)

    Author of original work :

    Ermanno Rea

    Screenwriters :

    Gianni Amelio, Umberto Contarello

    Editor :

    Simona Paggi

    Music Composer :

    Franco Piersanti

    French press agents :

    Bruno Barde, Alexis Delage-Toriel

    Sound Recordist :

    Remo Ugolinelli

    Director of Photography :

    Luca Bigazzi

    Production Designer :

    Attilio Viti

    Costume designer :

    Cristina Francioni

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    Feature film

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    France, Italy, Switzerland

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    Minority French (France, Italy, Switzerland)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 44 min

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