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by Christian Ditter


Henrik thinks France is really uncool, in particular his finicky French teacher Monsieur Nouvelleville, who is always hassling him. But when Henrik meets Valerie, it’s love at first sight. His chances for a date are not looking good, and then along comes the German-French exchange program. Not much later, Henrik finds himself with his best friend Johannes, Valerie and a group of weird chanson-singing and guitar-playing nerds in a bus on the way to France. Upon arrival, Henrik gets bitten by the savoir-vivre bug: wild parties, a crazy host family, night-time outings, the ups and downs of his first big love and his lack of knowledge of the French language make what first looked like an undesired holiday suddenly the most unforgettable summer in his life.

international title: French for Beginners
original title: Französisch für Anfänger
country: Germany, France
sales agent: NEOS Film GmbH & Co. KG
year: 2006
genre: fiction
directed by: Christian Ditter
film run: 98'
release date: DE 08/06/2006, FR 14/10/2009
screenplay: Christian Ditter
cast: Christian Tramitz, Paula Schramm, François Göske, Lennard Bertzbach, Thaddäus Meilinger
cinematography by: Christian Rein
film editing: Patricia Rommel
art director: Eva Stiebler
costumes designer: Silke Faber
music: Philipp F. Kölmel
producer: Christoph Menardi
production: Constantin Film AG, NEOS Film GmbH & Co.KG, Rat Pack Filmproduktion, Hector Films, Open Arts Productions (FR)
backing: Filmförderungsanstalt FFA, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, GFP Medienfonds/Berlin, Eurimages, Rhône-Alpes-Cinema, Centre National de la Cinématographie
distributor: Constantin Film, Les Films à Fleur de Peau (FR)
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