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by Mia Hansen-Løve


Grégoire Canvel has everything a man could want. A wife he loves, three delightful children and a stimulating job. He's a film producer. Discovering talented filmmakers and developing films that fit his conception of the cinema—free and true to life—is precisely his reason for living. His vocation. It fulfills him and Grégoire devotes almost all his time and energy to his work. He's hyperactive, he never stops. Except on weekends, which he spends in the country with his family—gentle interludes, as precious as they are fragile. With his bearing and exceptional charisma, Grégoire commands admiration. He seems invincible. Yet his prestigious production company, Moon Films, is on its last legs. Too many productions, too many risks, too many debts. Storm clouds are gathering. But Grégoire plows on at all costs. Where will his blind obstinacy lead him? One day, he is obliged to face the facts. In one word: failure. He is overwhelmed by fatigue. Which soon, secretly, turns into despair.
Inspired by the last days of producer Humbert Balsam, and the consequences of his suicide on his family.

international title: Father of My Children
original title: Le Père de mes enfants
country: France
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Mia Hansen-Løve
film run: 120'
release date: BE 16/12/2009, FR 16/12/2009, GB 05/03/2010, DE 20/05/2010, IT 11/06/2010, AT 04/03/2011
screenplay: Mia Hansen-Løve
cast: Chiara Caselli, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Dominique Frot, Eric Elmosnino, André Marcon, Valérie Lang, Michaël Abiteboul
cinematography by: Pascal Auffray
film editing: Marion Monnier
art director: Mathieu Menut
producer: David Thion
production: Les Films Pelléas
backing: Arte France Cinéma
distributor: Les Films du Losange, Benelux Films Distributors Belgium (BFD), Curzon Artificial Eye, Farbfilm Verleih GmbH, Teodora Film, Clorofilm Srl


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Cannes 2009 Un Certain Regard

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