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THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS

by Denys Arcand

synopsis

Rémy, divorced and in his fifties, is in hospital. His ex-wife, Louise, puts through an urgent call to their son, Sébastien, who lives in London. Sébastien hesitates – his father and he have had nothing to say to each other for a long time. He finally accepts to return to Montreal to help his mother and offer his father support. As soon as he arrives, Sébastien moves heaven and earth, calls in favors and upsets the system in all kinds of ways. He’ll do anything to make his father’s situation more comfortable. He also gathers together at his father’s bedside the joyful group of people who’ve meant something to him in the past: relatives, friends and former lovers.
What have they become in this time of “barbaric invasion?”

international title: The Barbarian Invasions
original title: LES INVASIONS BARBARES
country: France, Canada
sales agent: Pyramide International
year: 2003
genre: fiction
directed by: Denys Arcand
film run: 112'
release date: FR 24/09/2003, BE 01/10/2003, DK 03/10/2003, NO 23/10/2003, PL 07/11/2003, DE 27/11/2003, CH 27/11/2003, SE 28/11/2003, FI 28/11/2003, IT 05/12/2003, PT 05/12/2003, EE 05/12/2003, ES 19/12/2003, GR 26/12/2003, UK 09/01/2004
screenplay: Denys Arcand
cast: Rémy Girard, Stéphane Rousseau, Dorothée Berryman, Louise Portal, Dominique Michel
cinematography by: Guy Dufaux
film editing: Isabelle Dedieu
art director: Patrice Bengle, Annika Krausz
costumes designer: Denis Sperdouklis
producer: Daniel Louis, Denise Robert
production: Pyramide Productions, Cinémaginaire(CA)
distributor: Pyramide Distribution, Les Films de l'Elysée (BE), Sandrew Metronome (FI/DK/NO/SE), Best Film (PL), Prokino (DE), Filmcooperative Zurich (CH), LNK (PT), Artcam Praha (CZ/SK), SandrewMetronome (SE), Bim Film (IT), Golem Distribución (ES), Audiovisual Enterprises (GR), Artificial Eye (UK),

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main awards/selection

Cannes 2003 Official Competition
Best Actress (Marie-José Croze), Best Screenplay (Denys Arcand)
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