Ashes and Blood

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Ashes and Blood
Promotional poster
Directed byFanny Ardant
Produced byPaulo Branco
Tudor Giurgiu
Written byFanny Ardant
Paolo Sorrentino
Ismail Kadare
StarringRonit Elkabetz
CinematographyGérard de Battista
Edited byCélia Lafitedupont
Release date
  • May 2009 (2009-05)
Running time
105 minutes

Ashes and Blood (French: Cendres et sang) is a 2009 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Fanny Ardant. It was given a special screening at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


A widow, Judith returns to Marseille with her children for the wedding of her sister-in-law. Judith's husband was murdered in a vendetta-killing a decade earlier. In keeping with the Greek tragedy tradition of the film, violent family rivalries unravel with fatal consequences.[2]



Libération described it as "stunning, magnificent, beautiful and dazzling". The newspaper also remarked it was a remarkable achievement for a directorial debut, continuing to praise the strength of the cinematography. The newspaper also praised the casting, "the great Ronit Elkabetz is a tremendous credit, as well as the Romanian revelation, Mădălina Constantin."[3]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Ashes and Blood". Retrieved 18 May 2009.
  2. ^ Ashes and Blood -- Film Review Hollywood Reporter. 24 June 2009
  3. ^ «Cendres» de gravité Libération. 9 September 2009. French

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