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Illusions perdues

Venezia 78 Competition

Director:
Xavier Giannoli
Production:
Curiosa Films (Olivier Delbosc), Gaumont, France 3 Cinéma
Running Time:
144’
Language:
French
Country:
France
Main Cast:
Benjamin Voisin, Cécile de France, Vincent Lacoste, Xavier Dolan, Salomé Dewaels, Jeanne Balibar, Gérard Depardieu, André Marcon, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Jean-François Stévenin
Screenplay:
Xavier Giannoli
Cinematographer:
Christophe Beaucarne
Editor:
Cyril Nakache
Production Designer:
Riton Dupire-Clément
Costume Designer:
Pierre-Jean Larroque
Sound:
François Musy, Renaud Musy, Didier Lozahic
Note:from the novel "Illusions perdues" by Honoré de Balzac

Synopsis

Lucien is a young unknown poet in 19th century France. He has great hopes and wants to forge his destiny. He leaves the family printing house in his native province to try his luck in Paris on the arm of his patroness of the arts. Quickly left to fend for himself in this fabulous town, the young man will discover what goes on behind the scenes in this world devoted to the law of profit and pretense. A human comedy where everything can be bought or sold, literary success like the press, politics like sentiments, reputations like souls.

Director’s Statement

Balzac’s novel reveals the matrix of the modern world, that moment when an entire civilization was about to surrender to the rule of profit. I wanted to prolong that movement thanks to cinema, taking any liberties with the original text that would allow for expressing its spirit.

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION 1: Olivier Delbosc – Curiosa Films
7, avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt
75008 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 1 55 34 98 08
virginielacaze@curiosafilms.fr

PRODUCTION 2: Sidonie Dumas – Gaumont
30, avenue Charles de Gaulle
92200 – Neuilly-Sur-Seine, France
Tel. +33 1 46 43 20 00
ariane.buhl@gaumont.com
https://www.gaumont.fr

OTHER COPRODUCTIONS: France 3 Cinéma

WORLD SALES: Alexis Cassanet – Gaumont
30, avenue Charles de Gaulle
92200 – Neuilly-Sur-Seine, France
Tel. +33 1 46 43 21 80
alexis.cassanet@gaumont.com
https://www.gaumont.fr

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Andrea Romeo, Verdiana Vitti – I WONDER
Via della Zecca, 2
40121 – Bologna, Italia
Tel. +39 389 791 7574
festival@iwonderpictures.it
romeo@iwonderpictures.it
https://it-it.facebook.com/iwonderpictures/

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Stefania Collalto – Echo Entertainment
Via Giovanni da Procida 3
20149 – Milano, Italia
Tel. +39 339 427 9472
collalto@echogroup.it


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