Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Frankreich / Deutschland / Großbritannien / Belgien / Rumänien 2004/2005, Spielfilm

Inhalt

The beginning of the First World War brings together the lives of three people in a highly dramatic way. In 1914, the German Star-Tenor of the Berlin Opera, Nikolaus Sprink, goes to the western front, leaving his big love and singing partner Anna Sörensen behind. At the same time, the Scottish vicar Palmer and the French lieutenant Audebert enter the war. All three are to witness and take part in an unique encounter with enemy troops during Christmas Eve. One which counterpoises the complete senselessness of the war. The film is based on a true event.

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Credits

All Credits

Director:Christian Carion
Assistant director:Philippe Larue
Screenplay:Christian Carion
Director of photography:Walther van den Ende
Set design:Jean-Michel Simonet
Costume design:Alison Forbes-Meyler
Editing:Andrea Sedláčková
Sound:Pierre Mertens, Tyhomas Desjonqueres
Audio mixing:Dean Humphreys
Casting:Susie Figgis, Sabine Schroth
Music:Philippe Rombi
Vocals:Nathalie Dessay, Rolando Villazón
  
Cast: 
Diane KrugerAnna Sörensen
Benno FürmannNikolaus Sprink
Guillaume CanetLeutnant Audebert
Gary LewisPalmer
Dany BoonPonchel
Daniel BrühlHorstmayer
Alex FernsGordon
Steven RobertsonJonathan
Christopher FulfordMajor
Bernard Le CoqGeneral
Frank WitterJörg
Suzanne FlonSchlossherrin
Michel SerraultSchlossherr
Ian RichardsonBischof
Robin LaingWilliam
Marc RobertGuimond
Friedemann ThieleKarl
Johannes Richard VoelkelGunther
Thomas Schmauser
Lucas Belvaux
Joachim Bissmeier
Matthias Herrmann
  
Production company:Nord-Ouest Productions (Paris)
in co-production with:Senator Film Produktion GmbH (Berlin), T.F.1 Films Production (Paris), Joyeux Noël Ltd., Artémis Productions (Brüssel), Media Pro Pictures (Bukarest)
in association with:Sat.1 GmbH (Berlin)
Producer:Christophe Rossignon
Co-Producer:Benjamin Herrmann, Christopher Borgmann, Patrick Quinet, Bertrand Faivre, Kate Ogborn, Sol Guatti-Pascual, Andrei Boncea
Executive producer:Eve Machuel
Shoot:08.2004-11.2004: Schottland, Rumänien, Frankreich, Berlin [Ab Ende August]
Original distributor:Senator Film Verleih GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Centre National de la Cinématographie (C.N.C.) (Paris), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Eurimages der EU (Strasbourg)
Length:3152 m, 115 min
Format:35mm
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (FR): 15.05.2005, Cannes, IFF - außer Konkurrenz;
Kinostart (FR): 09.11.2005;
Kinostart (DE): 24.11.2005

Titles

Originaltitel (FR) Joyeux Noël
Originaltitel (DE) Merry Christmas

Versions

Original

Length:3152 m, 115 min
Format:35mm
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Ton
Screening:Uraufführung (FR): 15.05.2005, Cannes, IFF - außer Konkurrenz;
Kinostart (FR): 09.11.2005;
Kinostart (DE): 24.11.2005
 

Awards

Academy Awards 2006
Oscar-Nominierung, Bester fremdsprachiger Film
 
IFF Valladolid 2005
FIPRESCI-Preis