full length film (90 min) 35 mm colour

Directed by Benoît Peeters

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The story of a man who wanted to forget his life

and to whom another man comes to recount it...


Virgil, a young Roumanian film maker, arrives in Paris with his little camera. He has come to follow the trail left by his fellow countryman, the famous writer Constantin Dolinescu, who, after numerous books and several years in prison, has exiled himself in France with the idea of making a film. But this project had turned into a fiasco ; the script was revised endlessly, one producer remplaced another, and Dolinescu himself, incapable of directing the actors, completely fell apart.

Virgil uncovers all these escapades little by little, via interviews with the parisian intelligentsia: Pierre Arditi, Erik Orsenna, Jean-Michel Jarre, all of whom were involved in the affair. But as to the fate of Dolinescu, nobody can - or will - say anything. And Virgil adds a strange sort of fervour to the quest - implying strongly personal reasons for his actions.

It is finally Sonia, the leading lady of the unfinished film, who enables him to track down the writer. But from then on, the search and its filming are revealed as nothing more than pretexts, obscuring family dramas, complex romantic attachments, not to mention several broken lives. Virgil, having come to make a film about someone else, has succeeded in telling his own story.





original idea

François Schuiten

Benoît Peeters



Benoît Peeters

Sandrine Willems

Pierre Drouot



Benoît Peeters



Virgil Iancu Florin Piersic Jr

Sonia Delange / Vera Manuela Servais

Constantin Dolinescu Mihai Dinvale

Ludovic Pierre Arditi

Toma Constantin Florescu

Zamiatine Bernard Marbaix

Judith Marchal Valérie Van Nitsen

Jean Dumaurier Jean-Michel Vovk

Pavel Bernard Graczyk

Virgil (as a child) Antoine Berger

Claude Rulisse Robert Bodson


and as themselves

Pierre Arditi Jean-Michel Jarre

Pierre Assouline François Schuiten

Erik Orsenna Pierre Drouot

Bernard Pivot Paul Germain



Ella van den Hove


Jean-Jacques Quinet

set decoration

André Fonsny


Susana Rossberg

original music score

Ivan Georgiev

production manager

Jacqueline Louis

assisted by

Patricia Kilesse



Les Piérides (Brussels)


Le Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel

de la Communauté française de Belgique

la Loterie Nationale

les télédistributeurs wallons



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