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Directed by Thomas Vincent
Starring Sylvie Testud
Amar ben Abdallah
Clovis Cornillac
Martine Godart
Jean-Paul Rouve
Music by Krishna Levy
Release date
  • 3 March 1999 (1999-03-03)
Running time
88 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $1.9 million
Box office $1.3 million[1]

Karnaval is a French film directed by Thomas Vincent and was released 3 March 1999. The film was nominated for a César Award for Best Debut in 2000. At the 49th Berlin International Film Festival in 1999 it won the Alfred Bauer Prize, a prize awarded in memory of the festival founder.[2]


While Dunkirk is in the midst of its Carnival, Larbi, tired of working for nothing for his father, decides to pack it in and re-make his life in the sun of Marseille. When he is waiting for the first train which is to leave in the early hours of the morning, he makes the acquaintance of Béa (Sylvie Testud), who is with her drunk husband. He is straight away captivated by the young woman and she carries him along with her in her passion for the Carnival.

The film captures well the character and mad ambience of the extraordinary Dunkirk Carnival. The opinions of the Carnival's friends however remain divided. Some find the picture given here of the Dunkirk Carnival too negative, while others appreciate the film, which was shot in the midst of the Carnival.



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