Confession of a Child of the Century

  • Bekenntnis eines jungen Zeitgenossen (Working title)
All titles (6)
Feature Film | 2010-2012 | Drama | France, Germany

Shooting data

Start of shooting28/12/2010
End of shooting12/03/2011
LocationsFrance & Germany

Project data

Film financing
Length of movie120'
Aspect ratioCinemascope (1 : 2,39)
Sound formatDolby SRD / Dolby digital (5.1, 6 channels)

Brief synopsis

Paris, 1830. The Napoleonic Wars are over.

Octave is young and beautiful and loves his mistress Elise - until he sees her being unfaithful. Despair leads to decadence. Influenced by his friend Desgenais, Octave becomes the perfect libertine, although this new life fails to satisfy his thirst for the absolute.

The death of his father leads Octave to the countryside, where he encounters Brigitte, a widow ten years his senior, who spends most of her days caring for the needy and the poor. He has found a new love. At first, Brigitte tries to resist, unwilling to experience the tortures of passion once again. Eventually, however, she gives in.

They are in love, but Octave quickly succumbs to suspicion. Will Brigitte remain true to him? Doesn’t every woman betray her lover sooner or later? Isn’t Desgenais right when he claims that love doesn’t exist?

In a world where no one now believes in anything, can Octave find in his love for Brigitte the strength to believe in the future?

Cast

ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Charlotte GainsbourgBrigitte [L]
Peter DohertyOctave [L]
August DiehlDesgenais [SR]
Lily ColeElise [SR]
Volker BruchMonsieur Smith [SR]
Guillaume GallienneMercanson [SR]
Karole RocherMarco [SR]
Rhyan ReesElise's friend [SR]
Effi RabsilberCantatrice [SR]
Julia Dorothee BrunschMaîtresse [BP]
Kathrin Anna StahlChanteuse [BP]
Giannina Erfany-FarMätresse [BP]

Crew

ActivityNameComment
1st ADValérie Roucher
3rd ADRobert Morávek
Crowd, Bavaria
Crowd, Bavaria
Director of photographyNicolas Gaurin
1st assistant cameraAurélien Cachoir
2nd assistant cameraAlexis Robin
2nd assistant cameraMarkus Ilschner
Alexa 1 week
Alexa 1 week
Costume designerEsther Walz
1830
1830
Assistant costume designerNana Kolbinger
KB:Esther Walz, 1830
KB:Esther Walz, 1830
Assistant costume designerChristian Binz
1830er
1830er
Assistant costume designerSusanne Platz
Frankreich 1833
Frankreich 1833
WardrobeValerie Uckermann
WardrobeCäcilia Radig
Additional wardrobeStefanie Katharina Müller
Germany
Germany
Costume interpreterSabine Kastner
Maßanfertigung historische Kostüme
Maßanfertigung historische Kostüme
DirectorSylvie Verheyde
2nd AD crowd (local system)Christelle Lahaye
Assistant to directorMaxime Berthémy
3rd AD crowd (local system)Mathilde Cheval
Script continuityDjémila Stiti
Arbeitssprachen Englisch+Französisch
Arbeitssprachen Englisch+Französisch
EditorChristel Dewynter
Key gripJérémy Stone
GripKevin Strauch
GafferKarim Younes
Best boyGrube Venn
Germany
Germany
Lighting technician / electricianStefan Grabner
Germany
Germany
Lighting technician / electricianJean-Michel Pitois
Lighting assistantWanja Krieger
additionnal
additionnal
Key hair stylistFrançoise - Milou Sanner
Key makeup artistEmma Chicotot
Additional make up artistKatharina Greendale
Hair Department
Hair Department
Additional make up artistTanja Lipka
Germany
Germany
Additional make up artistMaja Mogg
Hair
Hair
Additional make up artistMadlene Mutterer
Historisch Add. Make up & Hair
Historisch Add. Make up & Hair
Additional make up artistJulia Rinkl
Historisch, Hair Extras in Bayernblock
Historisch, Hair Extras in Bayernblock
Additional make up artistLaura Bertoldi
Additional make up artistNadine Jüsche
(historisch-1833)
(historisch-1833)
ProducerAlfred Hürmer
ProducerBruno Berthémy
Executive producerCaspar Heider
Postproduction producerMarko Krinke
HD Producer
HD Producer
Production designerThomas Grézaud
Prop masterBele Schneider
Kutschen, Waffen, Deutscher Te
Kutschen, Waffen, Deutscher Te
Standby propsCédric Klin
Lead painterLionel Brison
Production managerPascal Metge
France
France
Production managerAnne Lessnick
Germany
Germany
Assistant production managerMarta Ravani
Assistant production managerDavid Armati Lechner
Unit managerLaura Einmahl
Germany
Germany
Set manager/ floor managerSven Rosenkranz
Germany
Germany
Set runnerNadine Holzner
& driver - Germany
& driver - Germany
ScreenwriterSylvie Verheyde
Literary sourceAlfred de Musset
novel
novel
Script translatorNoémie Causse
FR->DE
FR->DE
Production sound mixerDimitri Haulet
Boom operatorDavid Hernández
Boom operatorJulien Gigliotti
Sound re-recording mixerOlivier Dô-Hùu
Adr mixerClemens Grulich
Sound editorRaphaël Sohier
Stunt coordinatorMichael Mohr
Stuntman/womanMichael Mohr Stuntteam
Horse masterVanessa Wieduwilt
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Distributing companies

CompanyComment
Ad Vitam [fr]
France (theatrical)
France (theatrical)
Farbfilm Verleih GmbH [de]
Germany (theatrical)
Germany (theatrical)
Wild Bunch [fr]
International Sales
International Sales

Facilities

DepartmentCompanyComment
StuntsFilmpferde.com
Pferde und Reiter
Pferde und Reiter
StuntsMichael Mohr Stuntteam
Finance/Law/InsuranceMecon Media Concept Ltd. [de]
Gagenabrechnung (Komparsen)
Gagenabrechnung (Komparsen)
Production ServicesDinner for Tour - Ruth Küppers
Catering in Bayern
Catering in Bayern
Production ServicesKipper Filmservice GmbH
Transportation, Travel and AccomodationCMS - Car Motion Service GmbH
AP:Christopher Hecht
AP:Christopher Hecht
Transportation, Travel and AccomodationUpper Level Travel GmbH
AP:Michael Naguib
AP:Michael Naguib
CostumesPATIN-A SHOP GmbH
Kostümequipment
Kostümequipment
CostumesTheaterkunst GmbH Kostümausstattung
KB: Esther Walz
KB: Esther Walz
Locations and StudiosBavaricus - Die Dienstleister für Film, Fernsehen & Werbung
Motivsuche
Motivsuche

Awards

Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Sylvie Verheyde2012Festival de Cannes [fr]Un certain regardNominated

Festivals

YearCountryFestivalComment
2012FranceFestival de Cannes [fr]Un certain regard

Cinema

TypeCountryDateComment
Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 20/06/2013
Theatre releaseFranceWednesday, 29/08/2012
PremiereSunday, 20/05/2012Festival de Cannes [fr]