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Avida
     

Avida

Cast: Benoit Delepine, Gustave Kervern, Eric Martin, The Velvet Underground

 
In this bizarre surrealist comedy from France, a handful of oddball characters live in world where people heap strange forms of abuse on animals -- dwarves stage bullfights with rhinos, zoos open restaurants where the privileged can dine on the animals on display, and the wealthy lock themselves into their mansion with the angry pit bulls trained to protect them. In

Overview

In this bizarre surrealist comedy from France, a handful of oddball characters live in world where people heap strange forms of abuse on animals -- dwarves stage bullfights with rhinos, zoos open restaurants where the privileged can dine on the animals on display, and the wealthy lock themselves into their mansion with the angry pit bulls trained to protect them. In the midst of such madness, a stocky animal handler (Gustave Kervern) who can neither hear nor speak falls in with a pair of dissolute zookeepers (Benoit Delepine and Eric Martin) who are hooked on ketamine and shoot one another with tranquilizer darts for fun. The zookeepers involve their new friend in a crazy scheme to kidnap the pet dog of a very wealthy and extremely large woman, Avida (Velvet), but the three men prove to be wildly inept criminals, and once they're found out, Avida forces them to help her in a plan to take her own life. Featuring a cameo appearance from acclaimed filmmaker Claude Lelouch, Avida was written and directed by Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern, who also act in the film; it received its American premiere at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
UPC:
0891514001474
Original Release:
2006
Source:
Cinema Epoch
Time:
1:23:00
Sales rank:
57,784

Special Features

16x9 enhanced video; on/off subtitles; Trailer; Dance videos with Velvet D'Amour

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gustave Kervern Deaf Mute
Benoit Delepine Scotch Tape Man
Eric Martin Zoo-keeper
Velvet Underground Avida
Jean-Claude Carrière Actor
Claude Lelouch Actor
Kati Outinen Actor
Stephane Sanseverino Actor
Bouli Lanners Actor
Claudine Francois Actor
Rokia Traore Actor
Albert Dupontel Actor
Phillippe Vuillemin Actor
Fernando Arrabal Actor
Remy Kolpa Actor
Velvet D'Amour Avida
Claude Chabrol Actor

Technical Credits
Benoit Delepine Director,Screenwriter
Gustave Kervern Director,Screenwriter
Guillaume Le braz Sound/Sound Designer
Stephane Elmadjian Editor
Benoit Jaubert Executive Producer
Alain Juteau Production Designer
Mathieu Kassovitz Executive Producer
Elisa Larriere Producer
Hugues Poulain Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Avida
1. Matador [13:50]
2. Lobster Man [12:25]
3. Fishing [10:11]
4. Avida [8:17]
5. Heavy Lifting [8:33]
6. Roadside Assistance [4:20]
7. Motley Crew [7:41]
8. Song [8:02]

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