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The Class

The Class

A Feature film by Laurent Cantet

Produced by Haut et Court

Release in France : 24/09/2008


    François is a young French literature teacher of a class of teenagers in a rough school. He doesn't hesitate from engaging in stimuating verbal battles with Esmeralda, Souleymane, Khoumba, and the others, as though language itself were truly at stake. But learning to understand democracy can sometimes entail real risks.

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    The Class

    Trailer (english subtitles)


    The Class

    Trailer : "French Cinoche - Le Cinéma français est en voyage d'affaires" (Canal+ - 2009)

    Shot between October 2008 and March 2009, this documentary gives us the lowdown on the current state of affairs for French films around the world. The film follows the travels of a host of French actors and directors participating in around a dozen promotional initiatives organized by Unifrance, including French film festivals, international film festivals, previews and premiere screenings, press junkets, and so forth.

    Among artists featured are Laurent Cantet, who was in New York to present his film Entre les murs (The Class), Agnès Varda taking part in interviews in Paris, Juliette Binoche as president of the Tokyo French Film Festival, Cédric Klapisch introducing his film Paris in Moscow, Josiane Balasko promoting her film Cliente (Client aka A French Gigolo) in Rome, Dany Boon promoting Le Code a changé (Change of Plans) in Brussels, and Gérard Jugnot presenting Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) in Australia.

    These artists offer us their off-the-cuff comments and impressions during breaks between interviews, photo sessions, press conferences, at gala dinners, premiere screenings, meetings with audiences, and other promotional events.

    This 60-minute documentary, which was made possible thanks to the participation of the CNC and Canal+, takes us backstage at these cultural and promotional initiatives around the world and gives us an insight into one of the aspects of Unifrance’s day-to-day work in support of French cinema.

    Actors (25)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Haut et Court

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Memento International

    Co-production :

    France 2 Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Haut et Court

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    International releases (50)

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    Photos (6)

    Full credits (13)

    Executive Producers :

    Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo, Barbara Letellier, Simon Arnal-Szlovak

    Author of original work :

    François Bégaudeau

    Screenwriters :

    Laurent Cantet, Robin Campillo, François Bégaudeau

    Camera operator :

    Catherine Pujol

    Press Attaché (film) :

    André-Paul Ricci

    Continuity supervisor :

    Brigitte Tijou

    Costume designer :

    Marie Le Garrec

    Assistant Director :

    Michel Dubois

    Sound recordists :

    Olivier Mauvezin, Agnès Ravez, Jean-Pierre Laforce

    Directors of Photography :

    Pierre Millon, Catherine Pujol, Georgi Lazarevski

    Production Manager :

    Michel Dubois

    Editors :

    Robin Campillo, Stéphanie Léger

    Production designers :

    Sabine Barthélémy, Hélène Bellanger

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 8 min

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    Posters (14)


    News (35)

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    Selections (33)

    Tallinn - Black Nights Film Festival - 2012

    Tallinn - Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia, 2012)


    International Competition Eurasia

    Academy Awards - 2009

    Academy Awards (United States, 2009)


    Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

    Stockholm International Film Festival - 2008

    Stockholm International Film Festival (Sweden, 2008)


    International Competition

    Tallinn - Black Nights Film Festival - 2008

    Tallinn - Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia, 2008)


    French film selection

    Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival - 2008

    Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (Taiwan, 2008)


    Education Matters Section

    BIFF - 2008

    BIFF (South Korea, 2008)


    Films selected

    Lisbon - French Film Festival - 2008

    Lisbon - French Film Festival (Portugal, 2008)


    Section principale

    FIFF - 2008

    FIFF (Belgium, 2008)


    Views of the Present

    Cannes International Film Festival - 2008

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 2008)


    Official Competition

    Awards (3)

    Delegations (8)

    Presskit (2)