GenreComedy, Drama, War Running time1h 30m ScreenplayAnusavan Salamanian LanguageEnglish
Release dateMarch 15, 2013 (2013-03-15) (Romania) WriterTitus Popovici (novel), Anusavan Salamanian CastGérard Depardieu (Ipu), Harvey Keitel (Father Johanis), Laura Morante (Margherita), Bogdan Iancu (Alex), Alexandru Bindea (Gossman), Nicodim Ungureanu (Mayor) Similar moviesTitus Popovici wrote the story for A Farewell to Fools and wrote the screenplay for Then I Sentenced Them All to Death
A Farewell to Fools is a 2013 independent drama film directed by Bogdan Dreyer, produced by Giuliano Doman, Daniel Zuta and written by Anusavan Salamanian. The film stars Gérard Depardieu, Harvey Keitel, Laura Morante, and Bogdan Iancu. A Farewell to Fools was filmed in the Romanian cities of Bucharest and Sighișoara.
Set during World War II, somewhere in France. A German soldier is found dead near a village, and the local authorities must finger the culprit or they will all be shot by Nazis the following morning. There's no way to identify the guilty party, but there is Ipu (Gérard Depardieu), the madman of the village, who the town leaders, led by Father Johanis (Harvey Keitel), pressure to claim responsibility for the soldier's death and die to save their skins. A farce seen through the eyes of a young village boy, we witness the comedy and horror of human nature as the villagers manipulate one another — even the ones you'd least expect…
Gérard Depardieu: Ipu
Harvey Keitel: Father Johanis
Laura Morante: Margherita
Bogdan Iancu: Alex
A Farewell to Fools is directed by Bogdan Dreyer, produced by Giuliano Doman, Daniel Zuta and written by Anusavan Salamanian.
A Farewell to Fools was filmed Bucharest, Romania and Sighisoara, Mures, Romania.
In October 2013, Monterey Media bought the United States distribution rights from Shoreline Entertainment and will release the film in the United States. The film will be released in theaters in the United States in Spring 2014.