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True

True
Scene from "True" (photo © X Filme)

The phone rings, startling Tomas, who is seated in front of the computer. He feels for the telephone receiver. Tomas is blind. His girlfriend, Francine, tells him that it’s all over and she’s leaving him. The phone drops back onto the hook. Tomas’ mind races back in a dizzying flurry of images to the moment they both met, to the couple’s most intimate moments together and to the tiny careless mistakes that eventually lead to the end of their relationship.

True is part of a compilation project entitled Paris, je t’aime, in which a number of internationally renowned directors each tell a story in one of Paris’ 20 arrondissements.


Tom Tykwer was born in Wuppertal in 1965 and became interested in film at an early age. He worked as a projectionist and booker in various independent arthouse cinemas for several years before he helmed his first feature film DEADLY MARIA in 1993, followed by WINTER SLEEPERS (1997), RUN LOLA RUN (1998), THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR (2000), HEAVEN (2002), PERFUME - THE STORY OF A MURDERER (2006), THE INTERNATIONAL (2009), and THREE (2010), among others.
Genre Love Story
Category Short
Year of Production 2003
Director Tom Tykwer
Screenplay Tom Tykwer
Cinematography Frank Griebe
Mathilde Bonnefoy
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil
Bettina von den Steinen
Cast Natalie Portman, Melchior Beslon
Producer Maria Koepf
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in cooperation with Victoires Productions/Paris
Length 12 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 French/English with English subtitles
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Berlin 2004 (Short Competition), Dresden 2004 (In Competition), Tuebingen 2004 (In Competition), Soest 2004 (In Competition), Hamburg 2004 (In Competition), Bratislava 2004 (In Competition), Odense 2004 (In Competition), Copenhagen 2004, Festival on Wheels Turkey 2004, Bunter Hund Munich 2004 (In Competition), Cannes 2006 (Un Certain Regard), Moscow 2006, Toronto 2006, Rio 2006, Copenhagen 2006, Tallinn Black Nights 2006, Cairo 2006
Awards Best Soundtrack Dresden 2004, 2nd Audience Award Tuebingen 2004, First Prize Soest 2004, German Short Film Award 2004
With backing from BKM
German Distributor X Verleih

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