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by Xavier Giannoli


Alain, 50, is a singer at a ball in a French provincial town. He also does performances for company social clubs and official openings. Alain may have dyed hair but he knows who he is. He is known all over his local town and that’s all that matters. Singing was his whole life when he met Marion. Marion is 27, an auctioneer, and new to the area. She has a four-year-old child that she had when too young with a man whom she no longer loves. She was lost when Alain found her. Eager to spend time with her, Alain makes her believe that he is looking for a house.

international title: The Singer
original title: Quand j'étais chanteur
country: France
sales agent: EuropaCorp
year: 2006
genre: fiction
directed by: Xavier Giannoli
film run: 110'
release date: FR 13/09/2006, BE 20/09/2006, DE 18/01/2007, ES 31/08/2007, UK 28/09/2007
screenplay: Xavier Giannoli
cast: Gérard Depardieu, Cécile de France, Marie Kremer, Alain Chanone, Antoine de Prekel
cinematography by: Yorick Le Saux
art director: François-Renaud Labarthe
costumes designer: Nathalie Benros
music: Alexandre Desplat
producer: Edouard Weil, Luc Besson
production: Rectangle Productions, EuropaCorp, France 3 Cinéma
distributor: EuropaCorp Distribution, Karma Films (ES), Artificial Eye (UK)


main awards/selection

Cannes 2006 Official Competition
César 2007 Best Sound

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