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A Feature film by Olivier Assayas

Produced by Film en stock

Release in France : 07/07/2010


    Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, Carlos is a central figure in the history of international terrorism in the 1970s and 1980s, from pro-Palestinian activism to the Japanese Red Army. At once a figure of the extreme left and an opportunistic mercenary in the pay of powerful Middle Eastern secret services, he formed his own organization based on the other side of the Iron Curtain which was active during the final years of the Cold War.

    This film is the story of a revolutionary internationalist, both manipulator and manipulated, as he is carried along by the currents of contemporary history and his own folly. We will follow him to the end of his road, relegated to Sudan where the Islamic dictatorship, after having protected him for a while, handed him over to French police.




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    Actors (16)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Film en stock

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    Foreign production company :

    Egoli Tossell Film AG

    French distribution :

    mk2 films

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    Photos (8)

    Full credits (20)

    Executive Producer :

    Daniel Leconte

    Foreign producers :

    Jens Meurer, Judy Tossell

    Producers :

    Raphaël Cohen, Daniel Leconte, Jens Meurer, Judy Tossell

    Line Producer :

    Raphaël Cohen

    Directors of Photography :

    Yorick Le Saux, Denis Lenoir

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Dominique Segall

    Sound editors :

    Nicolas Cantin, Nicolas Moreau, Olivier Goinard

    Casting :

    Antoinette Boulat, Nicole Kamato, Rosa Estévez

    Director of Photography :

    Nicolas Cantin

    Make-up Artist :

    Thi than tu nGuyen

    Assistant Director :

    Luc Bricault

    Author of original work :

    Daniel Leconte

    Sound Recordist :

    Nicolas Cantin

    Screenwriters :

    Olivier Assayas, Dan Franck

    Production managers :

    Eric Dionysius, Sylvie Barthet

    Editor :

    Luc Barnier

    Continuity supervisors :

    Sandrine Bourgoin, Clémentine Schaeffer

    Production Designer :

    François-Renaud Labarthe

    Costume designer :

    Jürgen Dœring

    Sound mixers :

    Daniel Sobrino, Olivier Goinard

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Production language :

    French, German, English, Spanish, Arabic

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Germany

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Germany)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 45 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD

    Rating restrictions :

    Suitable for all viewers, with warnings

    Posters (5)


    News (22)

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    Selections (29)

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2011

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2011)

    Selection (3)

    Best Director : Olivier Assayas

    Best Editing : Luc Barnier

    Most Promising Actor : Édgar Ramírez

    Rome Film Fest - 2010

    Rome Film Fest (Italy, 2010)


    Out of Competition

    Hof International Film Festival - 2010

    Hof International Film Festival (Germany, 2010)


    Official Selection

    BFI London Film Festival - 2010

    BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain, 2010)


    Film on the Square

    Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma - 2010

    Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Canada, 2010)


    Special Presentation

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival - 2010

    Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (Brazil, 2010)


    Panorama of World Cinema

    Cannes International Film Festival - 2010 - © Brigitte Lacombe/Annick Durban

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 2010)


    Out of Competition


    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2011

    Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2011)


    César Award for Most Promising Actor : Édgar Ramírez

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    Presskit (2)

    Website (2)