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VATEL

by Roland Joffé

synopsis

Château du Prince de Condé, late april 1671. François Vatel is the faithfull and devote valet of the proud but ageing and ruined Prince of Condé who wants to regain his place near his king, Luis XIV. To do so, Condé puts the future of his house in the hands of Vatel taking upon himself the enormous responsability of invoting the entire court of Versaille. The festivities are programmed to last three days and three nigts, and they must be dazzling. Vatel imagines exwtremely elaborated menus and real theatrics of which the king is known to be fond. In this midst of teh bustle, Vatel bows before Anne de Montausier, coveted by the king himself and by Lauzun. Anne's heart has remained closed to all, but now she offers herself to Vatel. The festivities are now almost at an end. judging by the general atmosphere, succes is near at hand; but, on the evening of the third day, teh fish ordered for the final banquet does not arrive...

international title: Vatel
original title: Vatel
country: France, United Kingdom, Spain
sales agent: Gaumont
year: 2000
genre: fiction
directed by: Roland Joffé
film run: 103'
release date: BE 10/05/2000, FR 10/05/2000, NL 27/06/2000, IT 25/08/2000, PT 01/09/2000, HU 23/11/2000, BR 09/03/2001, GR 30/03/2001, ES 25/05/2001, DE 31/05/2001, PL 25/01/2002
screenplay: Jeanne Labrune, Tom Stoppard
cast: Uma Thurman, Gérard Depardieu, Tim Roth, Timothy Spall, Julian Glover, Julian Sands
cinematography by: Robert Fraisse
film editing: Noëlle Boisson
art director: Cecilia Montiel
costumes designer: Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle
music: Ennio Morricone
producer: Patrick Bordier, Timothy Burrill, Alain Goldman, Roland Joffé, Catherine Morisse
production: Gaumont, Canal+, Nomad Films (BE), TF1 Films Productions (FR), Timothy Burrill Productions Limited (UK)
distributor: Gaumont Distribution, Filmes Lusomundo (PT),Manga Films S.L., Sherlock Media S.L. (ES), Tobis StudioCanal (DE)
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