Germinal (1993 film)

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Film poster
Directed by Claude Berri
Produced by Claude Berri
Pierre Grunstein
Bodo Scriba
Screenplay by Claude Berri
Arlette Langmann
Based on Germinal
by Émile Zola
Starring Gérard Depardieu
Music by Jean-Louis Roques
Cinematography Yves Angelo
Edited by Hervé de Luze
Distributed by AMLF
Release dates
  • 29 September 1993 (1993-09-29) (France)
Running time
160 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $27 million[1]
Box office $36.9 million[2]

Germinal is a 1993 French epic film based on the novel by Émile Zola. It was directed by Claude Berri, and stars Gérard Depardieu, Miou-Miou and Renaud. At the time it was the most expensive movie ever produced in France. The film had 6,161,776 admissions in France making it the 4th most attended film of the year.[3]

It won the César Award for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design, and was nominated for Best Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best director, Best Writing, Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Music and Best Production Design. The film was selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 66th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[4][5]

The film, set in the nineteenth century, closely follows the plot of the novel, which is a realistic story of a coalminers' strike in northern France in the 1860s.


Critical reception[edit]

The movie was well received by the critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 90% of 10 critics gave the film a positive review, for an average rating of 6.9/10. [6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Germinal (1993)- JPBox-Office". Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Germinal (1993)- JPBox-Office". Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Germinal (1993)- JPBox-Office". Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  5. ^ Frook, John Evan (30 November 1993). "Acad inks Cates, unveils foreign-language entries". Variety. Retrieved 25 August 2008. 
  6. ^

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