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Un couple

Venezia 79 Competition

Director:
Frederick Wiseman
Production:
Wat Films / Zipporah Films
Running Time:
64’
Language:
English
Country:
France, USA
Main Cast:
Nathalie Boutefeu
Screenplay:
Frederick Wiseman, Nathalie Boutefeu
Cinematographer:
John Davey
Editor:
Frederick Wiseman
Music:
Felix Mendelssohn
Sound:
Jean-Paul Mugel

Synopsis

Un couple is a film about a long-term relationship between a man and a woman. The man is Leo Tolstoy. The woman is his wife, Sophia. They were married for 36 years, had 13 children nine of whom survived. Each kept a diary. Although they lived together, in the same house, they wrote letters frequently to each other. Leo Tolstoy insisted that they read their diaries aloud to guests at dinner parties. The Tolstoys were also a dysfunctional couple, arguing frequently and being very unhappy with each other while occasionally enjoying passionate moments of reconciliation. The film is Sophia’s monologue about the joys and struggles of their life together, loosely drawn from their letters to each other and their diary entries. The film was shot in a beautiful garden on Belle Île, an island off the coast of Brittany. The visible and subterranean life of the garden is also an important element in the story of Un couple.

Director’s Statement

Un couple was shot for 23 days in May 2021 in La Boulaye Garden on the island of Belle Île. The crew consisted of six people and one actress. Scenes were filmed on the cliffs and beaches as well as the garden which was in full spring bloom. The animals, insects, flowers, trees, and sounds of the garden are characters in the film, which is otherwise a monologue.

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION 1: Frederick Wiseman, Karen Konicek – Wat Films
20 Garden St
02176 – Melrose, United States of America
Tel. +1 6175763603
karen@zipporah.com

PRODUCTION 2: Frederick Wiseman, Karen Konicek – Zipporah Films, Inc
20 Garden St
02176 – Melrose, United States of America
Tel. +1 6175763603
info@zipporah.com
http://zipporah.com/

WORLD SALES: The Party Film Sales
16 Rue Frochot
75009 – Paris, France
clemence.lavigne@thepartysales.com
samuel.blanc@thepartysales.com

PRESS OFFICE: Viviana Andriani, Aurelie Dard – RENDEZ-VOUS PR
75 rue des Martyrs
75018 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 142663635
viviana@rv-press.com
festival@rv-press.com

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Viviana Andriani, Aurelie Dard – RENDEZ-VOUS PR
75 rue des Martyrs
75018 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 142663635
viviana@rv-press.com
festival@rv-press.com


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