L’ Empire

The Empire
The Opal Coast, northern France. In a quiet and picturesque fishing village, something finally happens: a special baby is born. A child so unique and peculiar that it unleashes a secret war between extraterrestrial forces of good and evil.
by Bruno Dumont
with Lyna Khoudri, Anamaria Vartolomei, Camille Cottin, Fabrice Luchini, Brandon Vlieghe, Julien Manier
France / Italy / Germany / Belgium / Portugal 2024 French 110’ Colour World premiere


  • Lyna Khoudri (Line)
  • Anamaria Vartolomei (Jane)
  • Camille Cottin (La Reine)
  • Fabrice Luchini (Belzébuth)
  • Brandon Vlieghe (Jony)
  • Julien Manier (Rudy)


Director Bruno Dumont
Screenplay Bruno Dumont
Cinematography David Chambille
Editing Bruno Dumont, Desideria Rayner
Sound Design Jeremy Hassid, Romain Ozanne
Sound Philippe Lecoeur, Elsa Ruhlmann
Production Design Erwan Le Gal, Célia Marolleau, Peppie Biller
Costumes Alexandra Charles, Carole Chollet
Make-Up Simon Livet, Barbara Kreuzer
Assistant Director Rémi Bouvier
Production Manager Cédric Ettouati
Producers Jean Bréhat, Bertrand Faivre
Executive Producers Jean Bréhat, Bertrand Faivre
Co-Producers Dorothe Beinemeier, Fabrizio Mosca, Andrea Paris, Matteo Rovere, Ines Vasiljevic, Olivier Dubois, Joaquim Sapinho, Marta Alves, Emma Binet
Co-Production Red Balloon Film Hamburg
Ascent Film Rom
Novak Prod Brüssel
Rosa Filmes Lissabon
Furyo Films Orléans

Bruno Dumont

Born in Bailleul, Nord in France in 1958, he directed his debut feature film Life of Jesus in 1997; the film was selected for the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes. His feature films Humanity and Flanders both won the Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes while Slack Bay and, most recently, the satire France, starring Lea Seydoux as a famous journalist, also screened in competition at the festival. His biopic Camille Claudel 1915 starring Juliette Binoche was invited to the Berlinale Competition in 2013.


1997 La vie de Jesus (Life of Jesus) 1999 L’humanité (Humanity) 2003 Twentynine Palms 2006 Flandres (Flanders) 2009 Hadewijch 2011 Hors Satan 2013 Camille Claudel 1915 2014 P’tit Quinquin (Lil’ Quinquin); series 2016 Ma Loute (Slack Bay) 2017 Jeannette, l’enfance de Jeanne d’Arc (Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc) 2018 Coincoin et les z’inhumains (Coincoin and the Extra-Humans); series 2019 Jeanne (Joan of Arc) 2021 France 2024 L’Empire (The Empire)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024