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by Guillaume Nicloux


In September 2011, while supposedly on the promotional tour for his novel ‘The Map and the Territory’, writer Michel Houellebecq briefly disappeared off the face of the earth. Wild rumours began circulating on the Internet that he’d been abducted by Al-Qaeda or aliens from outer space. Some Twitter users even expressed relief that the controversial author was suddenly no longer around. This film now reveals what really happened: Three tough guys variously with impressive hairstyles and bodybuilder physiques carried off the star intellectual (Houellebecq playing himself), taking him out of the daily stress of dodging autograph hunters and having his flat renovated and bringing him to a beautiful rural underdog idyll, full of dog grooming, bodybuilding demonstrations, junk cars and Polish sausages.

international title: The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq
original title: L'enlèvement de Michel Houellebecq
country: France
sales agent: Le Pacte
year: 2014
genre: documentary
directed by: Guillaume Nicloux
film run: 92'
screenplay: Guillaume Nicloux
cinematography by: Christophe Offenstein
film editing: Guy Lecorne
costumes designer: Anaïs Romand
producer: Sylvie Pialat
co-producer: Marco Cherqui
production: Les Films du Worso, ARTE France, Chic Films


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Berlin International Film Festival 2014 Forum

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