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by Alain Cavalier


Alain Cavalier  offers up a highly personal work linked to the late Emmanuèle Bernheim, whom he was friends with for 30 years. They start preparing a film based on the novelist’s autobiography, Tout s’est bien passé (lit. Everything Went Well). In it, she tells of how her father asked her to “finish him off” following a cardiovascular event. Cavalier suggests that she play herself and that he play her father. But one winter’s morning, Emmanuèle phones Alain: the shoot will have to be pushed back until the spring, as she needs to go in for an emergency operation…

international title: Living and Knowing You’re Alive
original title: Être vivant et le savoir
country: France
sales agent: Pathé International
year: 2019
genre: docu-fiction
directed by: Alain Cavalier
film run: 80'
release date: FR 5/06/2019
cast: Alain Cavalier, Emmanuèle Bernheim
producer: Michel Seydoux
production: Caméra One, ARTE France Cinéma
backing: Unité Société et Culture d’Arte France (FR), Ciné+ (FR)
distributor: Pathé Distribution
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