Friends From France

Feature Film, 1h40, 2012

Directors: Anne Weil and Philippe Kotlarski

With: Soko, Jérémie Lippmann, Vladimir Fridman, Ania Bukstein

 
Written by: Anne Weil et Philippe Kotlarski

Synopsis:

1979. Carole and Jérôme are 20 and go on an organized trip to Odessa, in USSR. They’re cousins but pretend they’re engaged. In the day, simple tourists, they visit monuments and museums. In the evening, they slip away from the group and secretly meet refuseniks, Jews persecuted by the Soviet regime for wanting to leave the country. They discover an underground world, cruel and absurd. While Carole is motivated by political commitment and a taste for risk, for Jérôme, the real motivation behind this trip is Carole.

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Awards and festivals: 

2014 : Jerusalem Int FF -  NY Jewish FF - The JCC in Manhattan - San Diego Jewish FF - Washington Jewish FF - Seattle Jewish FF - Westchester Jewish FF - New Jersey Jewish FF - Bari International FF - Stockholm Int FF Junior - The National Center for Jewish Film in Boston. 2013 : Toronto Int FF - Festival international du film indépendant de Bordeaux : Prix de la critique - Festival Arte Mare de Bastia : grand prix - Festival de cinéma international en pays de Fayence - Festival du film de La Réunion - Festival du Film de Sarlat.

Partners: 

Co-production companies: Vanderstatic, Amerique Film, Rock Films. CNC. Vandertastic (Germany). Rock Films (Russia). Amérique Film (Canada). MDM. DFFF. FFA. Russian Cinema Fund. SODEC. Canal +. Orange Cinéma Séries. Hoche Artois Images.


World sales: Pyramide