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By the Light of a Dying Star

A Feature film by Charles Matton

Produced by Ognon Pictures

Release in France : 12/01/1994


    June, 1940. When the house where Pierre lives with his wife Madgeleine and their son Charles is commandeered by the Wermacht, a strange cohabitation begins. On the one side, the French family with their two servants, Louise and Léa, and the beautiful Jewish tutor known to all as "Mademoiselle". On the other, the German occupants : the fanatical Krantz and honest Karl... A deep friendship soon springs up between Charles and Karl, but the threat of an uncertain future hangs over their relationship. Years go by : now Karl must leave for the Russian Front. Writing to his young friend, he describes the total horror of war. As Charles secretly reads these forbidden letters, his innocence is undermined. He grows in maturity from day to day. In his last letter, Karl speaks to Charles as a man : "When you read these words, I shall be dead, and this letter will be something like the light of dead stars : a light which continues to travel through space, though its source has long since expired..."

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    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Ognon Pictures

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    StudioCanal Films Limited

    Co-productions :

    Varuna Productions, Arte France Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Les Acacias

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    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producer :

    Humbert Balsan

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Jacques Flory

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Agnès Chabot

    Production Designer :

    Pierre Sicre

    Costume designers :

    Isabelle Blanc, Nathalie Raoul

    Screenwriter :

    Charles Matton

    Sound Recordist :

    Dominique Vieillard

    Editor :

    Catherine Poitevin

    Music Composer :

    Nicolas Matton

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    100% French

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    1 h 50 min

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