Geheime Staatsaffären

Geheime Staatsaffären

Frankreich / Deutschland 2005/2006, Spielfilm

Inhalt

Comedy of Power

Magistrate Jeanne Charmant has been assigned an extremely complex case involving the misappropriation of public monies. The charges are being brought against the chairperson of a powerful industrial firm. The more her inquiry progresses, the more the magistrate begins to realise the full extent of her power. The more secrets she brings to light, the more she is able to exert this pressure. At the same time – and for the same reasons – her private life hits a crisis.


Before long, she finds herself faced with two important, unavoidable questions: how far can she exert her power before coming up against those who are more powerful? And how long can the average person have such power without becoming intoxicated by it? The story told in this film contains elements that may seem familiar. One only has to think of the scandal involving French petroleum giant Elf Aquitaine, in which certain board members were able to accrue vast fortunes, thanks to the support of politicians who covered up their activities.

Claude Chabrol: " ‘Any similarity to persons living or dead is purely coincidental and is not intentional.’ This sentence in the opening credits aims to encourage the audience to get carried away by any possible similarities – without wanting to name them. We also agreed that we would not mention any real people. So you see, ours is a completely fictional world! In short, I was interested in scrutinising the probability of certain events by using recent real-life occurrences to recount them."

Source: 56. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (catalogue)

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Credits

Director:Claude Chabrol
Screenplay:Odile Barski, Claude Chabrol
Director of photography:Eduardo Serra
Editing:Monique Fardoulis
Music:Matthieu Chabrol
  
Cast: 
Isabelle HuppertJeanine Chamant
François BerléandMichel Humeau
Patrick BruelJacques Sibaud
Robin RenucciPhilippe Charmant Killman
Marilyne CantoErika Eymard
Thomas ChabrolFélix
Jean-François BalmerBoldi
Pierre VernierPräsident Martino
Jacques BoudetDescarts
Philippe DuclosHoléo
Jean-Christophe BouvetMaître Parlebas
Roger DumasRené Lange
Yves VerhoevenBeamter
Jacques BouanichGefängnisaufseher
Laurence ColussiFahrstuhlführer
  
Production company:Alicéleo S.A. (Paris)
Producer:Patrick Godeau

All Credits

Director:Claude Chabrol
Assistant director:Cécile Maistre
Script supervisor:Aurore Chabrol
Screenplay:Odile Barski, Claude Chabrol
Director of photography:Eduardo Serra
Camera operator:Michel Thiriet
Assistant camera:Florent Bazin
Steadycam operator:Mathieu Caudroy
Still photography:Moune Jamet
Lighting design:Michel Atanassian
Set design:Françoise Benoît-Fresco (Szenenbild), Catherine Pierrat, Mathieu Junot (Assistenz)
Prop master:Pierre Galliard
Construction manager:Dominique Robert, Eric Bonnaire
Make-up artist:Thi Loan Nguyen
Costume design:Mic Cheminal
Hairdresser:Fabienne Bressan (Perücken), Reynald Desbant
Editing:Monique Fardoulis
Sound:Pierre Lenoir
Sound assistant:Denis Carquin
Foley artist:Julien Naudin
Audio mixing:Thierry Lebon, Vincent Cosson (Assistenz)
Casting:Cécile Maistre
Music:Matthieu Chabrol
Conductor:Laurent Petitgirard
  
Cast: 
Isabelle HuppertJeanine Chamant
François BerléandMichel Humeau
Patrick BruelJacques Sibaud
Robin RenucciPhilippe Charmant Killman
Marilyne CantoErika Eymard
Thomas ChabrolFélix
Jean-François BalmerBoldi
Pierre VernierPräsident Martino
Jacques BoudetDescarts
Philippe DuclosHoléo
Jean-Christophe BouvetMaître Parlebas
Roger DumasRené Lange
Yves VerhoevenBeamter
Jacques BouanichGefängnisaufseher
Laurence ColussiFahrstuhlführer
  
Production company:Alicéleo S.A. (Paris)
in co-production with:France 2 Cinéma (Paris), AJOZ Films (Paris), Integral Film GmbH (Berg)
in association with:Canal + (Paris)
Producer:Patrick Godeau
Co-Producer:Alfred Hürmer
Executive producer:Françoise Galfré
Unit production manager:Michel Jullien
Location manager:Thierry Magniez
Production assistant:Sandrine Rouquié
Shoot:08.2005-10.2005: Paris
Original distributor:Concorde Filmverleih GmbH (München)
Funding:Ministère de la Coopération de la Culture et de la Communication C.N.C. (Paris), Procirep (Paris), Angoa-Agicoa (Paris), Ciné Cinémas (Paris), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin)
Length:110 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby DTS
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 26.06.2006, 106625, ohne Altersbeschränkung, feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 16.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (FR): 22.02.2006;
Kinostart (DE): 20.07.2006

Titles

Originaltitel (FR) L' ivresse du pouvoir
Originaltitel (DE) Geheime Staatsaffairen
Arbeitstitel (DE) Machtkomödie
Arbeitstitel (DE) Spiele der Macht

Versions

Original

Length:110 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby DTS
Rating:FSK-Prüfung: 26.06.2006, 106625, ohne Altersbeschränkung, feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung: 16.02.2006, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (FR): 22.02.2006;
Kinostart (DE): 20.07.2006
 

Awards

FBW 2006
Prädikat: besonders wertvoll