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by Gérard Pirès


During the Farnborough aeronautical show, a Mirage 2000 disappears in the middle of a demonstration. The French military sends Captains Antoine Marchelli and Sébastien Vallois out on patrol over the North Sea, towards the zone where the Mirage disappeared off the radar screens. The pilots discover the plane concealed by an Airbus A340. The Mirage begins to lock into combat position. At the same time, Marchelli and Vallois receive the order to give up the chase without further delay. But it’s too late, the Mirage is about to shoot down Vallois; Marchelli shoots it down to protect his crew member. This incident is the starting point of an enormous set-up aimed at hijacking a French fighter plane for terrorist purposes. A set-up whose final act takes place on the 14th of July in the skies above Paris, over the Champs-Elysées, in the presence of the same two pilots, Marchelli and Vallois.

international title: Sky Fighters
original title: Les Chevaliers du ciel
country: France
sales agent: Pathé International
year: 2006
genre: fiction
directed by: Gérard Pirès
film run: 102'
release date: FR 09/11/2005, BE 09/11/2005, AT 03/02/2006, DE 23/02/2006, NL 23/03/2006
screenplay: Gilles Malençon
cast: Benoît Magimel, Clovis Cornillac, Géraldine Pailhas, Philippe Torreton, Alice Taglioni
cinematography by: Pascal Lebegue, Éric Dumage
film editing: Véronique Lange
art director: Jean-Pierre Fouillet, Stéphane Cressend
costumes designer: Françoise Bourrec, Chattoune
music: Chris Corner
producer: Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer, Laurent Brochant
production: Mandarin Productions / Mandarin Cinéma, Outsiders Productions
distributor: Pathé Distribution, Alternative Films (BE), Polyfilm (AT), 3L Filmverleih (DE), Blitz (BA), Blitz (HR), Tripictures (ES), Prooptiki (GR), Monolith Films (PL), Lusomundo (PT), Best Hollywood (HU), Prooptiki Romania (RO), Monopole Pathe (CH), A-Film Distribution (NL)
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