international title, Happy End

135 minutes

As the world hurtles towards apocalypse, an obsessed man travels through France and Spain to find the woman he loved and lost. Strange, interminable combination of gloomy sci-fi, character study and wry comedy, very reminiscent of 1970s dystopian fictions, wasting a superb cast and a disquieting sense of mood in a rather aimless series of events.

Soudaine Compagnie presents a co-production of Soudaine Compagnie, Arena Films, France 2 Cinéma, Mallerich Films, Estrategia Audiovisual, in co-production with Filmagic Pictures; in association with Sofica Coficup 3, Sofica La Banque Postale Image 2 and Sofica Cofinova 5; with the participation of Canal Plus, Cinécinéma, France Télévisions and Televisió de Catalunya; with the support of Région Midi-Pyrénées in partnership with Centre National de la Cinématographie, Région Aquitaine, MEDIA programme, Procirep, ANGOA, Institut Català de les Industries Culturals, Instituto de Crédito Oficial, ICAA, Taichung City Government, Taichung City Cultural Foundation. (French distributor, Wild Bunch; world sales, Studiocanal.)
Starring Mathieu Amalric, Catherine Frot, Karin Viard, Sergi Lopez, Clotilde Hesme, Omahyra Mota; with the friendly participation of Sabine Azéma.
Directed by Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu; produced by Bruno Pésery; screenplay by Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu, with the collaboration of Frédéric Videau, Hélène Fillières, based on the novels by Dominique Noguez, Les Derniers jours du monde and Amour noir; director of photography (LTC, Panavision), Thierry Arbogast; production designers, Ana Alvargonzález, Riton Dupire-Clément; costume designer, Caroline Tavernier; film editor, Annette Dutertre.
Screened: Curtas Vila do Conde 2010 In Focus sidebar screening, Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde, screen 1, July 4th 2010.


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