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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Ballade Pour Un Chien

Fortnight 1969, Feature film,

Synopsis

Remi is a man on the verge of old age who begins to have hallucinations. He believes he has found a dog, but the canine is just a product of his imagination. The man takes a turn for the worse when his only friend, his poet neighbor, moves. He is left alone with his hallucinations and tries in vain to separate fantasy from reality in this plodding, depressing feature.

Director

Gérard Vergez

He was born in France and first work fo theater; he became a director at the Avignon festival, at the Comédie-Française and the TNP; he played Euripide, Pirandello, jULES romains and Jean Giraudoux. His first film, Ballade pour un chien, was a success, as well as Térésa. He then directed La virée superbe; it was censored. He adapted Jean Giono and worked for TV.