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FRIENDS FROM FRANCE

by Anne Weil, Philippe Kotlarski

synopsis

Summer 1982, Leningrad. Jérôme Berkowicz and Carole Brikerman go through customs to enter the USSR. They’re cousins, both aged 18, and they’d look like the perfect young couple on an organized trip if it wasn’t for their incongruous raincoats and the sweat running down Jérôme’s face. Inside their clothes are hidden pockets full of books, key rings, chocolate and medication. If Jérôme, so different from Carole, wasn’t secretly in love with her, he would never have followed her into this. “Hello, we are friends from France”, they whisper in the evenings in phone booths. Their mission is to make clandestine contact with and bring help to Soviet Jews who face persecution – the “RefuZeniks”.

international title: Friends from France
original title: Les Interdits
country: France, Germany, Russian Federation, Canada
sales agent: Pyramide International
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Anne Weil, Philippe Kotlarski
film run: 100'
release date: FR 27/11/2013, DE 17/04/2014
screenplay: Anne Weil, Philippe Kotlarski
cast: Stéphanie Sokolinski, Jérémie Lippmann, Vladimir Friedman, Ania Bukstein
cinematography by: Frédéric Serve
film editing: Philippe Kotlarski
costumes designer: Alexia Crisp-Jones
producer: Laetitia Gonzalez, Yael Fogiel
co-producer: Hanneke Van Der Tas, Aylet Kait, Karel Chvojka, Milos Lochman, Martin Paul-Hus
production: Les Films du Poisson, Vandertastic, Rock Films/Russia, Amérique Film/Canada
backing: CNC, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Deutscher Filmförderungsfonds, Filmförderungsanstalt, Russian Cinema Fund, SODEC, Canal +, Orange Cinéma Séries, Hoche Artois Images
distributor: Pyramide Distribution, Farbfilm Verleih GmbH

main awards/selection

Toronto International Film Festival 2013 
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