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An Officer and a Spy
Original title:
J'accuse
Slovenian title:
Obtožujem!
Section:
AVANTPREMIERES
Country, year:
France, Italy, 2019
Length:
126
Directed by:
Roman Polanski
Screenplay:
Roman Polanski, Robert Harris
Cinematography:
Pawel Edelman
Music:
Alexandre Desplat
Subtitles:
Slovenian
Language:
French
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Cast:
Jean Dujardin (Picquart), Louis Garrel (Alfred Dreyfus), Emmanuelle Seigner (Pauline Monnier), Grégory Gadebois (Henry), Hervé Pierre (general Gonse), Wladimir Yordanoff (general Mercier), Didier Sandre (general Boisdeffre), Melvil Poupaud (Maître Labori), Eric Ruf (Sandherr), Mathieu Amalric (Bertillon), Laurent Stocker (general de Pellieux), Vincent Perez (Maître Leblois)
Awards:
Venice 2018 (Grand Jury Prize, FIPRESCI Prize)

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Description:
After more than a decade, Roman Polanski again focuses his gaze on the past, depicting the outcome of one of the greatest political scandals in French history. Venice Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize.
On 5 January 1895, Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a young promising officer, is degraded for spying for Germany and sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil's Island. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, who is promoted to run the military counter-intelligence unit that tracked him down. But when Picquart discovers that secrets are still being handed over to the Germans, he is drawn into a dangerous labyrinth of deceit and corruption that threatens not just his honour but his life.

"When I was very young, I saw the American film The Life of Emile Zola and was shaken by the scene in which Captain Dreyfus is disgraced. Even back then, I said to myself that one day I might make a film about that terrible story. /.../ Big stories often make great films, and the Dreyfus Affair is an exceptional story. The story of a man unfairly accused is always fascinating, but it is also very much a current issue, given the upsurge in anti-Semitism." (Roman Polanski)