Blame It on Fidel
|La Faute à Fidel|
Blame it on Fidel poster
|Directed by||Julie Gavras|
|Produced by||Sylvie Pialat
|Music by||Armand Amar|
|Editing by||Pauline Dairou|
|Distributed by||Koch-Lorber Films|
|Release dates||10 September 2006 (France)
3 August 2007 (USA)
|Running time||99 minutes|
|Country||France / Italy|
A 9-year-old girl, Anna de la Mesa (played by Nina Kervel), weathers big changes in her household as her parents become radical political activists in 1970-71 Paris. Her Spanish-born lawyer father Fernando (played by Stefano Accorsi) is inspired by his sister's opposition to Franco and by Salvador Allende's victory in Chile; he quits his job and becomes a liaison for Chilean activists in France. Her mother (played by Julie Depardieu) a Marie Claire journalist-turned-writer documenting the stories of women's abortion ordeals, supports her husband and climbs aboard the ideological bandwagon. As a result, Anna's French bourgeois life is over. She must adjust to refugee nannies, international cuisine and a cramped apartment full of noisy revolutionaries.
The film covers an array of philosophy and ideology - everything from Communism to Catholicism to Greek and Asian mythology - which Anna must reconstruct from confusion into her own set of beliefs. As she negotiates her way through this ideological maze and ultimately internalises her parents' objectives, she must deal with stereotyping, misinformation, the potential hypocrisy of ideology and the potentially false hope of idealism.
- Nina Kervel-Bey - Anna de la Mesa
- Julie Depardieu - Marie de la Mesa
- Stefano Accorsi - Fernando de la Mesa
- Benjamin Feuillet - François de la Mesa
- Martine Chevallier - Bonne Maman
- Olivier Perrier - Bon Papa
- Marie Kremer - Isabelle
- Raphaël Personnaz - Mathieu
Blame it on Fidel won the MPA's Michel D'Ornano Prize for a promising first French film.
The film had its New York City premiere on 3 August 2007.
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