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BLAME IT ON FIDEL !

JULIE GAVRAS

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Synopsis

Nine-year-old Anna de la Mesa weathers big changes in her household as her parents become radical political activists in 1970-71 Paris . Her Spanish-born lawyer father Fernando is inspired by his sister's opposition to Franco and by Salvador Allende's victory in Chile; he quits his job and becomes a liaison for Chilean activists in France. Her mother, Marie, a Marie Claire journalist-turned-writer documenting the stories of women's abortion ordeals, supports her husband and climbs aboard the ideological bandwagon. As a result, Anna's French bourgeois life is over. She must adjust to refugee nannies, international cuisine, and a cramped apartment full of noisy revolutionaries.

Producers

Les films du Worso, Gaumont, France 3 Cinéma

Financial Partners

Région Ile de France, Sogécinéma

Script

Julie Gavras avec la collaboration de Jacques Fieschi, Olivier Dazat et Arnaud Cathrine, d'après l'oeuvre de Domitilia Calamai

Casting

Nina Kervel, Julie Depardieu, Stefano Accorsi

Release

2006

International sales

Gaumont

Festivals and rewards

  • Laudable Mention Lucas Film Festival 

  • Sundance

  • Rio de Janeiro international film festibval

  • Barcelona International Film Festival

  • Gröninger International Film Festival

  • Heidelberg International Film Festival

  • Rendez-vous with French Cinema (NY)

  • International du Film de Rio de Janeiro