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A Feature film by Tsai Ming-Liang

Produced by JBA Production

Release in France : 04/11/2009


    A Taiwanese filmmaker makes a film at the Louvre Museum based on the myth of Salome. Although he speaks neither French nor English, he insists on giving the part of King Herod to the French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud. To give the film a chance at the box-office, the production company gives the role of Salome to a world famous model. But problems arise as soon as filming begins.
    Amidst all this confusion, the director suddenly learns of his mother’s death. The female producer flies to Taipei to attend the funeral. The director falls into a deep sleep where his mother's spirit does not seem to want to leave her old apartment. The producer has no choice but to wait, alone and lost in a strange city.
    Like after a very long voyage, filming will resume after everyone gets lost in the various byways of the Louvre’s basement tunnels.

    Actors (11)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    JBA Production

    Foreign production companies :

    Circe Films, Tarantula Belgique, Homegreen Films

    French distribution :

    Rezo Films

    Co-production :

    Arte France Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Fortissimo Films

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    Photos (8)

    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producers :

    Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin

    Screenwriter :

    Tsai Ming-Liang

    Sound recordists :

    Roberto Van Eijden, Tang Hsiang-Chu, Jean Mallet, Philippe Baudhuin

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Laurence Granec, Karine Ménard

    Continuity supervisor :

    Renée Falson

    Choreographer :

    Philippe Decouflé

    Assistant Director :

    Vincent Wang

    Director of Photography :

    Liao Pen-Jung

    Production Manager :

    Christophe Desenclos

    Editor :

    Jacques Comets

    Production Designers :

    Alain-Pascal Housiaux, Patrick Dechesne, Lee Tien-Chueh

    Costume designers :

    Christian Lacroix, Wang Chia Huei, Anne Dunsford-Varenne

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    Feature film

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    Production language :

    Chinese, French

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Taiwan

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    Majority French (France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Taiwan)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 21 min

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    Dolby SRD

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