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JEAN DE LA FONTAINE - LE DÉFI

by Daniel Vigne

synopsis

The confrontation between Jean de La Fontaine, writer of the world renowned Fables, and Colbert, financial administrator for Louis XIV’s Kingdom of France. In 1661, Colbert gets his rival Fouquet arrested, a powerful advisor of the young king. While all the other artists support the decision and rush to the Court, poet de La Fontaine confirms his support for Fouquet. Colbert vows to make the rebel admit the truth, but La Fontaine, even when penniless, stands by his convictions. Without money, he resists, observes and writes the Fables, which protest against a despotic government in the height of its decline.

original title: Jean de La Fontaine - Le défi
country: France
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Daniel Vigne
film run: 100'
release date: FR 18/04/2007, BE 25/07/2007
screenplay: Jacques Forgeas
cast: Lorànt Deutsch, Philippe Torreton, Sara Forestier, Jocelyn Quivrin, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Daniel Duval
producer: Fabienne Servan-Schreiber
production: Cinétévé, France 3 Cinéma, Canal+, Région Ile-de-France
distributor: Rezo Films
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