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by Volker Schlöndorff


October 1941. Eighteen months into France’s occupation by German troops, young Communist members of the Resistance shoot dead an officer of the German Army. In retaliation, Hitler demands the deaths of 150 Frenchmen, as ‘retribution’. The targets are to be mostly young men believed to share the assassins’ political convictions. Most of these men are taken from an internment camp for opponents of the occupation; a 35-year-old French rural administrator is ordered to select the victims. Although the parish priest appeals to their conscience and moral sensibilities, both the German military and their French helpers slavishly follow their orders...

international title: Calm At Sea
original title: La mer à l'aube
country: France, Germany
sales agent: Wide Management
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Volker Schlöndorff
film run: 90'
release date: CZ 24/10/2013, SK 29/10/2013
screenplay: Volker Schlöndorff
cast: Léo Paul Salmain, Ulrich Matthes, Martin Loizillon, Jacob Matschenz, André Jung
cinematography by: Lubomir Bakchev
film editing: Susanne Hartmann
art director: Chloé Cambournac
costumes designer: Agnès Noden
music: Bruno Coulais
producer: Bruno Petit, Thomas Teubner, Martin Choroba
production: 7e Apache Films, Les Canards Sauvages, Provobis Film
distributor: Film Europe, Film Europe s.r.o.


main awards/selection

Morelia Film Festival 2011 
Plus Camerimage International Film Festival 2011 
Berlinale 2012 Panorama
Luchon Film Festival 2012 
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2012 
São Paulo International Film Festival 2012 
Mar del Plata Film Festival 2012 
Göteborg International Film Festival 2013 

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