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FLIGHT OF THE RED BALLOON

by Hou Hsiao Hsien

synopsis

Simon is 7 years old. His mother Susan, with her puppet shows, university classes and her two children she is raising alone, hasn't got a minute to herself. Song Fang is Simon’s babysitter, she is taiwanese and studies cinema at Paris. On his way home from school, Song Fang leads him through the streets and cafés of his neighborhood, teaches him to play flipper… Simon has another friend too, a strange presence that follows him everywhere : a red balloon flying over the roofs of Paris...

international title: Flight of the Red Balloon
original title: Le voyage du ballon rouge
country: France
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Hou Hsiao Hsien
release date: FR 30/01/2008, PL 08/02/2008, BE 13/02/2008, NL 01/05/2008, ES 17/04/2009
screenplay: Hou Hsiao Hsien, François Margolin
cast: Juliette Binoche, Hippolyte Girardot, Simon Iteanu, Song Fang
cinematography by: Mark Lee Ping Bing
film editing: Jean-Christophe Hym, Ching-Song Liao
producer: François Margolin, Kristina Larsen
co-producer: Rémi Burah
production: Margo Films, Les Films du Lendemain, ARTE France Cinéma, Canal+, 3H Productions (TW)
backing: Le Musée d'Orsay (FR), CinéCinéma (FR), Sofica Poste Image (FR), Région Ile-de-France (FR), Soficinéma 3 (FR)
distributor: Bac Films, Gutek Film (PL), Benelux Film Distributors (BE), Nederlands Film Museum Distributie (NL), Notro Films (ES)

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