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by Anne Weil, Philippe Kotlarski


1979. Carole and Jerome are 20 and go on tour in Odessa, behind the Iron Curtain. They are cousins and pretend engaged. The day as tourists, they visit monuments and museums. In the evening, they part company and the group meet clandestinely refuseniks, Jews harassed by the Soviet regime for trying to leave the country. They discover an unknown world, brutal and absurd. If Carole is driven by the commitment and willingness to take risks, to Jerome, the real motivation of this trip is Carole.

international title: Friends from France
original title: Les Interdits
country: France, Germany, Russia, Canada
sales agent: Pyramide International
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Anne Weil, Philippe Kotlarski
film run: 100'
release date: FR 27/11/2013, DE 17/04/2014
screenplay: Anne Weil, Philippe Kotlarski
cast: Stéphanie Sokolinski a.k.a. Soko, Jérémie Lippmann, Vladimir Friedman, Ania Bukstein
cinematography by: Frédéric Serve
film editing: Philippe Kotlarski
costumes designer: Alexia Crisp-Jones
producer: Laetitia Gonzalez, Yael Fogiel
co-producer: Hanneke Van Der Tas, Aylet Kait, Karel Chvojka, Milos Lochman, Martin Paul-Hus
production: Les Films du Poisson, Vandertastic, Rock Films/Russia, Amérique Film/Canada
backing: CNC, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Deutscher Filmförderungsfonds, Filmförderungsanstalt, Russian Cinema Fund, SODEC, Canal +, Orange Cinéma Séries, Hoche Artois Images
distributor: Pyramide Distribution, Farbfilm Verleih GmbH
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