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Tom le cancre - Manuel Pradal
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France - 2012 - 1 h 30 mn - Réalisation : Manuel Pradal - Scénario : Manuel Pradal - Image : Yorgos Arvanitis - Montage : Isabelle Dedieu - Musique : Carlo Crivelli - Interprétation : Stéphanie Crayencour, Sacha Bourdo, Steve le Roi, Mathys Soboul, Mano Laval, Nicolas Dangles, Pauline Lantheaume, Lilo Chauvel-Rétali -

Corum - Opéra Berlioz Mercredi 31 octobre 2012, 14 h 00

A group of 5-year-olds is lost in a forest after their teacher fainted after eating a wild fruit. They meet Tom the Dunce, a 14-year-old runaway who lives in a very old oak tree and offers to do a deal with them: he will take them back to their parents when he has made them unlearn everything that they have learned at school. An open-air class run by a master dunce or how to re-enchant the world using fantasy and impertinence. A joyful and burlesque fable for big and small.

Manuel Pradal

After studying science and literature in Montpellier, Manuel Pradal entered the directing department of the Fémis. While studying, he worked as assistant to Agnès Varda. His graduation film 'Canti' with Agnès Jaoui was the second film in the history of the Fémis to be selected at the Cannes Film Festival. After a stay at the Villa Médicis, he wrote and directed 'Marie Baie des Anges' in 1998. It received international critical praise and was distributed world-wide. After this success, he made 'Ginostra' in Sicily, a high budget film in English with an international cast centred on Harvey Keitel and Andie MacDowell. Three years later, in 2006, he shot a dark crime film in New York: 'Un crime', with Emmanuelle Béart and Harvey Keitel. In 2009, he returned to France with 'La Blonde aux seins nus'. In 2011, he ran a cinema workshop for 5-year-olds, the beginning of the story of 'Tom le cancre'. He was member of the jury at Cinemed in 2012. He died on May 13th 2017 at 53 years old.