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52nd edition from May 13 to 23, 2020

Made in the USA

Fortnight 2001, Feature film, 1h45

Synopsis

The story of an execution. That of Odell Barnes, born in Wichita Falls and executed in Huntsville, Texas, on March 1, 2000, at the age of 31. Odell Barnes was sentenced to death for the murder of Helen Bass, a friend of his mother’s, found dead at her home one evening in November 1989. The investigation that led to his arrest, trial and sentencing was botched. For nine years, Odell Barnes fought from his prison cell for a retrial. The film is not concerned with determining whether Odell Barnes was guilty or innocent, but to show that there was a serious doubt about his guilt. The investigation was performed by people who wanted a guilty party and an execution at any cost; the counter-investigation was conducted by anti-capital punishment militants. Innocent or guilty, Barnes was not given a fair trial and was executed. His story is symptomatic of a prosperous America which is hard put to question the workings of its system of justice. « Made in the USA is something of a response to my first fiction feature, Haut les cœurs !. Both films deal with the will to live and the feelings of powerlessness in the face of death. Respond to a fiction film with a documentary. » (Sólveig Anspach)

Directors

Cindy Babski

Cindy Babski was born in California. She is a director. She worked as a journalist for 10 years (CBS News 60 Minutes). She’s been writing and directing documentaries for a couple of time.

Sólveig Anspach

Sólveig Anspach was born in 1960 in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland, to an American father and an Icelandic mother. After graduating from La Fémis (1989 – first graduating class), she directed several documentaries. In 1998, she directed her first feature film Haut les coeurs ! for which Karin Viard won the Cesar Award for Best Actress. Her American-Icelandic origins shine through in all of her films. Sólveig Anspach passed away on August 7th, 2015.

Screenplay
Sólveig Anspach, Cindy Babski

Image
Laurent Machuel

Sound
Ludovic Henault, Randy Foster

Editing
Anne Riegel

Production :
Luc Martin-Gousset
Emmanuelle Fage
Point du Jour
38 rue Croix-des-Petits-Champs
75001 Paris, France
tél. : 33 (0)1 47 03 40 00
fax : 33 (0)1 47 03 39 48
e.fage@pointdujour-prod.fr 

Entre Chien et Loup (Belgique)
RTBF (Belgique) 

Vente à l’’étranger :
Celluloïd Dreams
24 rue Lamartine
75009 Paris, France
tél. : 33 (0)1 49 70 03 70
fax : 33 (0)1 49 70 03 71
info@celluloid-dreams.com 

Distribution :
Diaphana Distribution
155 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine
75011 Paris, France
tél. : 33 (0)1 53 46 66 66
fax : 33 (0)1 53 46 62 29
diaphana@diaphana.fr 

Presse française :
Marie-Christine Damiens
tél. : 33 (0)1 42 22 12 24
fax : 33 (0)1 42 22 11 41 

Presse internationale :
Richard Lormand
tél. : 33 (0)1 48 04 51 73
fax : 33 (0)1 48 04 80 43
intlpress@aol.com

Viviana Andriani
tél. : 33 (0)1 42 66 36 35
viviana@mageos.com