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The Eighth Day

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Original title
Le huitième jour
Running time
113 min.
Belgium Belgium
Jaco Van Dormael
Pierre Van Dormael
Walther Van Den Ende
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Co-production Belgium-France-United Kingdom; Pan Européenne Production / Homemade Films / TF1 Films Production / Working Title Films / Da Films / RTL-TVi / Polygram Filmed Entertainment / StudioCanal - Canal+ / Center for Film and Audiovisual Arts of the French Community of Belgium / CNC / Eurimages
Comedy. Drama | Disability. Friendship. Road Movie. Comedy-Drama
Synopsis / Plot
The Eighth Day tells the story of the friendship that develops between two men who meet by chance. Harry (Daniel Auteuil), a divorced businessman who feels alienated from his children, meets Georges (Pascal Duquenne), an institutionalised man with Down's syndrome, after Georges has escaped from his mental institution and is nearly run over by Harry.
1996: Cannes Film Festival: Award of Performance (ex-aequo for Daniel Auteuil and Pascal Duquenne)
1996: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
1996: César Awards: Nominated for Best Actor (Auteuil)
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