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Press Releases 2007


Jan 10, 2007:
World Premiere of La Vie en Rose to open the Competition of the 57th Berlin International Film Festival

From humble beginnings, raised in the Paris slums, she made it into the greatest concert halls around the world. Celebrated yet shrouded in scandal. The film La Vie en Rose tells the story of the passionate life of Edith Piaf.

With this motion picture, director Olivier Dahan leaves a cinematic memorial to this legendary singer, more than 40 years after her death. “La Vie en Rose”, “Non, je ne regrette rien” – her songs will be long remembered all over the world. In her time, friends with Jean Cocteau, Charles Aznavour and Marlene Dietrich, her magical voice and unique stage presence have made her a myth. Her rollercoaster life alternated between times of success and fortune and periods of tragedy and disaster.

Writer and director Olivier Dahan has assembled a star-studded cast around Marion Cotillard in the role of Edith Piaf, with Gérard Depardieu, Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory, Jean-Paul Rouve and Emmanuelle Seigner. Dahan, who became known through his work on, amongst other things, music videos for Zucchero, Stéphane Eicher or The Cranberries, last directed the action sequel, Crimson Rivers II (2004) with Jean Reno.

The world premiere of La Vie en Rose will open the Berlinale in grand style on February 8, 2007 and be presented in the Competition for the Golden Bear as well as the Silver Bears.

La Vie en Rose was produced by Alain Goldman (1492: Conquest of Paradise, Casino, Vatel, Crimson Rivers I & II) and Legende, TF1 International, TF1 Films Production, Okko Production and Songbird Pictures Limited in cooperation with Canal+ and TPS Star.

The film has already been sold worldwide - it will be distributed to German theatres by Constantin Films on February 22, by Picturehouse in the United States and by TFM DISTRIBUTION in France on February 14.

Press Office

January 10, 2007