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Dead Man Talking

Dead Man Talking

A Feature film by Patrick Ridremont

Release in France : 27/03/2013


    Forty-year-old William Lamers, an anonymous criminal sentenced to death for murder, is soon to be executed. The procedure is about to take place in an atmosphere of general indifference and neither the condemned man's family nor the relatives of his victims have bothered to come to witness the execution. Only a journalist from local rag has turned up to watch the "show."
    However, what was supposed to be a mere formality rapidly becomes a nightmare for Karl Raven, the prison director. When William is asked if he wishes to say something before he dies, William starts telling the story of his life and recounts an incredible, moving tale. Raven grows impatient and contacts Governor Brodeck to get the authorization to execute William. But as the law does not define the duration a condemned prisoner's final words can be, and as Governor Stieg Brodeck, rating badly in the opinion polls, cannot take any risks one month out from the elections, it is decided that William can tell his story all the way through.
    Better still, he's offered a strange deal: to speak so as not to die. Like Sheherazade, who tells the Sultan a story each night, William becomes the "Dead Man Talking." He is now the major issue in an electoral campaign as surprising as it is crazy.
    Anonymous William, the "never has been," will finally have his moment in the spotlight. William's redemption transforms the hearts of the people who listen to him and who surround him.

    Actors (9)

    Production and distribution (4)

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    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Other Angle Pictures

    Foreign production companies :

    Nexus Factory, Bidibul Productions

    French distribution :

    Atypik Films

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    Assistant Director :

    Christophe Verdonck

    Foreign producers :

    Sylvain Goldberg, Serge de Poucques, Lilian Eche, Christel Henon

    Director of Photography :

    Danny Elsen

    Production Manager :

    Jean-Pierre Garrabos

    Editor :

    Thierry Delvigne

    Continuity supervisor :

    Charlotte Joulia

    Music Composers :

    Sylvain Goldberg, Matthieu Gonet, Gast Waltzing

    Sound Mixer :

    Michel Schillings

    Screenwriters :

    Patrick Ridremont, Jean-Sébastien Lopez

    Co-producers :

    Clément Calvet, Jérémie Fajner

    Sound Recordist :

    Olivier Struye

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Laurence Falleur

    Sound Editor :

    Nicolas Tran Trong

    Production Designer :

    Alina Santos

    Costume designer :

    Magdalena Labuz

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Belgium, Luxembourg

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    Nationality :

    Minority French (France, Belgium, Luxembourg)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 41 min

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    Rating restrictions :

    Suitable for all viewers, with warnings