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The life-story of the cosmopolitan and visionary Stéphane Hessel is a declaration of love to the continued existence of the world. Born in Berlin in 1917 the son of writer Franz Hessel, emigrated with his mother to Paris in the mid-20's, tracing his life-story between Germany and France. Imprisonment by the Gestapo as a member of the French resistance, death sentence and deportation to Buchenwald. The story of an improbable survival and rebirth as a diplomat: present at the founding of the UNO in New York, occupying difficult posts in Africa, as a campaigner for human rights. A historical mosaic and biographical essay about the diplomat, Ambassadeur de France and, not least of all, the child of Truffaut's classic JULES ET JIM. Tragic and funny, topical and timeless, melancholic and very optimistic.
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1994
Directors Antje Starost, Manfred Fluegge, Hans Helmut Grotjahn
Screenplay Manfred Fluegge
Cinematography Antje Starost
Regina Fischer
Jean-Luc Rodriguez
Cast Jean-Luc Rodriguez, Stéphane Hessel
Producer Antje Starost
Production Company Antje Starost Film Produktion
Runtime 80 min
Format 16 mm
Dubbed Versions French
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Berlin 1995 (Forum), Figuera da Foz 1995, Montreal 1995
With backing from Berliner Filmfoerderung, Filmbuero Brandenburg, Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film, Hessische Filmfoerderung

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12159 Berlin/Germany