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'
Picture formatCinemascope (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]
Giannina Erfany-FarMätresse [BP]
Kathrin Anna StahlChanteuse [BP]

Crew

ActivityNameComment
1st ADValérie Roucher
3rd ADRobert MorávekCrowd, Bavaria
Director of photographyNicolas Gaurin
1st assistant cameraAurélien Cachoir
2nd assistant cameraMarkus IlschnerAlexa 1 week
2nd assistant cameraAlexis Robin
Costume designerEsther Walz1830
Assistant costume designerNana KolbingerKB:Esther Walz, 1830
Assistant costume designerChristian Binz1830er
Assistant costume designerSusanne PlatzFrankreich 1833
WardrobeCäcilia Radig
WardrobeValerie Uckermann
Additional wardrobeStefanie Katharina MüllerGermany
Costume interpreterSabine KastnerMaßanfertigung historische Kostüme
DirectorSylvie Verheyde
2nd AD crowd (local system)Christelle Lahaye
Assistant to directorMaxime Berthémy
3rd AD crowd (local system)Mathilde Cheval
Script supervisorDjémila StitiArbeitssprachen Englisch+Französisch
EditorChristel Dewynter
Key/dolly gripJérémy Stone
Grip assistantKevin Strauch
GafferKarim Younes
Best boyGrube VennGermany
Lighting technician / electricianJean-Michel Pitois
Lighting technician / electricianStefan GrabnerGermany
Lighting assistantWanja Kriegeradditionnal
Key hair stylistFrançoise - Milou Sanner
Key makeup artistEmma Chicotot
Additional make up artistMadlene MuttererHistorisch Add. Make up & Hair
Additional make up artistJulia RinklHistorisch, Hair Extras in Bayernblock
Additional make up artistLaura Bertoldi
Additional make up artistNadine Jüsche(historisch-1833)
Additional make up artistKatharina GreendaleHair Department
Additional make up artistTanja LipkaGermany
Additional make up artistMaja MoggHair
ProducerBruno Berthémy
ProducerAlfred Hürmer
Executive producerCaspar Heider
Postproduction producerMarko KrinkeHD Producer
Production designerThomas Grézaud
Prop masterBele SchneiderKutschen, Waffen, Deutscher Te
Standby propsCédric Klin
Lead painterLionel Brison
Unit production managerAnne LessnickGermany
Unit production managerPascal MetgeFrance
Assistant production managerMarta Ravani
Assistant production managerDavid Armati Lechner
Unit managerLaura EinmahlGermany
Set manager/ floor managerSven RosenkranzGermany
Set runnerNadine Holzner& driver - Germany
ScreenwriterSylvie Verheyde
Literary sourceAlfred de Mussetnovel
Script translatorNoémie CausseFR->DE
Production sound mixerDimitri Haulet
Boom operatorJulien Gigliotti
Boom operatorDavid Hernandez
Sound re-recording mixerOlivier Dô-Hùu
Adr mixerClemens Grulich
Sound editorRaphaël Sohier
Stuntman/womanMichael Mohr Stuntteam
Horse masterVanessa Wieduwiltfür Filmpferde.com

Distributing companies

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

Facilities

DepartmentCompanyComment
StuntsFilmpferde.comPferde und Reiter
StuntsMichael Mohr Stuntteam
Finance/Law/InsuranceMecon Media Concept Ltd. [de]Gagenabrechnung (Komparsen)
Production ServicesDinner for Tour - Ruth KüppersCatering in Bayern
Production ServicesKipper Filmservice GmbH
Transportation, Travel and AccomodationCMS - Car Motion Service GmbHAP:Christopher Hecht
Transportation, Travel and AccomodationUpper Level Travel GmbHAP:Michael Naguib
CostumesPATIN-A SHOP GmbHKostümequipment
CostumesTheaterkunst GmbH KostümausstattungKB: Esther Walz
Locations and StudiosBavaricus - Die Dienstleister für Film, Fernsehen & WerbungMotivsuche

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]