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by Thomas Kruithof


The story revolves around a character named Duval, who is unemployed and facing financial ruin following his burnout two years beforehand. After he is contacted by a mysterious employer who offers him work transcribing conversations obtained through phone tapping, he accepts without asking himself any questions about the organisation’s aims. But while this simple job allows him to get back on his feet and get his life back on track, very soon it will nevertheless place him at the heart of a political plot, plunging him reluctantly into the brutal and bizarre underworld of the secret service.

original title: La Mécanique de l'ombre
country: France, Belgium
sales agent: WTFilms
year: 2016
genre: fiction
directed by: Thomas Kruithof
film run: 93'
release date: BE 16/11/2016, FR 11/01/2017
screenplay: Thomas Kruithof, Yann Gozlan
cast: François Cluzet, Denis Podalydès, Sami Bouajila, Alba Rohrwacher, Simon Abkarian
cinematography by: Alex Lamarque
film editing: Jean-Baptiste Beaudoin
art director: Thierry François
costumes designer: Christophe Pidré
music: Grégoire Auger
producer: Thibault Gast, Matthias Weber
production: 2425 Production, Scope Pictures
backing: Wallimange, Sofica A Plus Image, Sofitvciné, Cofimage
distributor: Océan Films


main awards/selection

Festival du Film d'Angoulême 2016 
Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier 2016 
Arras Film Festival 206 
Torino Film Festival 2016 

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