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Writer (WGA):
Roman Coppola (written by)
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A young filmmaker in 1960s Paris juggles directing a cheesy sci-fi debacle, directing his own personal art film, coping with his crumbling relationship with his girlfriend, and a new-found infatuation with the sci-fi film's starlet. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeremy Davies ... Paul

Angela Lindvall ... Dragonfly / Valentine

Élodie Bouchez ... Marlene

Gérard Depardieu ... Andrezej

Giancarlo Giannini ... Enzo
Massimo Ghini ... Fabrizio

Jason Schwartzman ... Felix DeMarco

Billy Zane ... Mr. E

John Phillip Law ... Chairman

Silvio Muccino ... Pippo

Dean Stockwell ... Dr. Ballard

Natalia Vodianova ... Brigit
Bernard Verley ... Trailer Voiceover Actor

L.M. Kit Carson ... Fantasy Critic

Chris Bearne ... Fantasy Critic
Jean-Paul Scarpitta ... Fantasy Critic
Nicolas Saada ... Fantasy Critic
Remi Fourquin ... Fantasy Critic
Jean-Claude Schlim ... Fantasy Critic
Sascha Ley ... Fantasy Critic
Jacques Deglas ... Fantasy Critic
Gilles Soeder ... Fantasy Critic

Julian Nest ... Festival Critic
Greta Seacat ... Festival Critic (as Greta Seacat Kaufman)

Barbara Sarafian ... Festival Critic
Leslie Woodhall ... Board Member (as Les Woodhall)
Jean-Baptiste Kremer ... Board Member
Franck Sasonoff ... Angry Man at Riots

Jean-François Wolff ... Party Man
Eric Connor ... Long Haired Actor at Party
Diana Gartner ... Cute Model at Party
Stéphanie Gesnel ... Actress at Party
Frédéric de Brabant ... Steward
Shawn Mortensen ... Revolutionary Guard
Mathieu Tonetti ... Revolutionary Guard
Ann Maes ... Vampire Actress
Gintare Parulyte ... Vampire Actress
Caroline Lies ... Vampire Actress
Stoyanka Tanya Gospodinova ... Vampire Actress
Magali Dahan ... Vampire Actress
Nathalie Brocker ... Vampire Actress
Wanda Perdelwitz ... Vampire Actress
Mark Thompson-Ashworth ... Lead Ghoul (as Mark Ashworth)
Pieter Riemens ... Assistant Director
Federica Citarella ... Talkative Girl (as Frederica Citarella)
Andrea Cormaci ... Soldier Boy
Corinne Terenzi ... Teen Lover

Sofia Coppola ... Enzo's Mistress
Emidio La Vella ... Italian Actor
Massimo Schina ... Friendly Guy at Party
Caroline Colombini ... Girl in Miniskirt
Rosa Pianeta ... Woman in Fiat
Christophe Chrompin ... Jealous Boyfriend

Romain Duris ... Hippie Filmmaker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Anthony ... 2nd Assistant Director (uncredited)
Dean Tavoularis ... Man at Screening (uncredited)

Directed by
Roman Coppola 
Writing credits
Roman Coppola (written by)

Produced by
Bob Bellion .... co-producer
Willi Bär .... executive producer
Francis Ford Coppola .... executive producer
Jimmy de Brabant .... co-producer
Georgia Kacandes .... executive producer
Gary Marcus .... producer
Michael Polaire .... co-producer
Jean-Claude Schlim .... line producer
Original Music by
Ed Goldfarb (Composer)
Cinematography by
Robert D. Yeoman 
Film Editing by
Leslie Jones 
Casting by
Blythe Cappello 
Beatrice Kruger  (as Béatrice Kruger)
Juliette Ménager 
Production Design by
Dean Tavoularis 
Art Direction by
Luc Chalon 
Oshin Yeghiazariantz 
Set Decoration by
Philippe Turlure 
Costume Design by
Judy Shrewsbury 
Makeup Department
Jacques Clemente .... makeup designer
Aurélie Elich .... makeup artist
Catherine Leblanc .... key hair stylist
Vivian Nowak .... assistant hair stylist (as Vivian Nowack)
Jean-Christophe Roger .... assistant makeup artist
Joël Seiller .... assistant hair stylist
Julia Silva .... additional hair artist
Evelyne Sittig .... makeup artist
Carla Vicenzino .... hair stylist: Italy
Production Management
Julie Alford .... production supervisor: Rome
Romano Caldarozzi .... production manager: Rome
Laurent Dumas .... unit manager
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor
Jean-Claude Schlim .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emilie Cherpitel .... third assistant director
Laurent Herbiet .... first assistant director
Christopher Neil .... second unit director
Beatrice Pettovich .... second assistant director
Francesca Polic Greco .... second assistant director: Rome
Iris Wong .... second assistant director
Art Department
Fabrice Bourderioux .... swing gang
Nicolas de Maere .... construction manager
François Dickes .... assistant property master
Betty Durst .... assistant property master
Jeffrey Paul Johnson .... property master
Edouard Pallardy .... head painter
Barbara Prati .... art department trainee
Arnaud Putman .... props buyer
Christina Schaffer .... assistant art director
Josh Sheppard .... storyboard artist
Patrick Tombette .... construction manager
Bernard Warnas .... set dresser
Sound Department
Richard Beggs .... sound designer
Richard Beggs .... sound re-recording mixer
Leslie Bloom .... foley artist (as Les Bloome)
Dirk Bombey .... boom operator
David A. Cohen .... adr supervisor
Ethan Derner .... sound recordist
Steven Ghouti .... adr mixer
Michael Kirchberger .... supervising sound editor
Philippe Kohn .... sound utility
James Levine .... mix facility coordinator
Jeremy Molod .... first assistant sound editor
Everett Moore .... apprentice sound editor
Nick Peck .... foley supervisor
Jory K. Prum .... foley assistant
Gene Radzik .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Julia Shirar .... assistant sound editor
Kent Sparling .... re-recording mixer
Peter Staubli .... sound effects editor
William Storkson .... foley editor
Carlo Thoss .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Olivier de Laveleye .... special effects coordinator
Philippe Lebreton .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Michael Backauskas .... optical digital lineup
Reid Burns .... optical producer/supervisor
David Emerson .... optical lineup
Bret Mixon .... rotoscope supervisor
Bill Rowohlt .... optical camera
Kevin Shawley .... digital artist
Andrew Shuford .... visual effects model shop
Martha Soehendra .... digital artist
Gene Warren III .... model supervisor
Gene Warren III .... visual effects coordinator
Delphine Anais .... stunts
Gil Demurger .... stunt coordinator
Frédéric Dessains .... stunts (as Fred Dessains)
Christophe Marsaud .... stunt driver (as Christopher Marsaud)
Michel Norman .... stunt driving coordinator
Patrick Robineau .... stunt driver
Aurore Vallee .... stunt driver
Jean-Pierre Vallee .... stunt driver
Frédéric Vallet .... stunt rigger
Frédéric Vallet .... stunts (as Fred Vallet)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Aach .... camera loader
Özkan Arslan .... assistant electrician
Douglas Boswell .... second assistant camera
Alessio Bramucci .... best boy electric: Rome
Bernard Brégier .... key grip
Gerard Buffard .... best boy grip
Carlos Carrera .... grip
Eric Catelan .... steadicam operator
Wim Cloots .... best boy electric
Bruno Colanzi .... best boy grip: Rome
Pascal Delaunay .... grip
Antoine Ducep .... electrician
Dirk Favere .... chief lighting technician
Emmanuel Frideritzi .... electrician
Ernst Holtsch .... electrician
Paul In .... additional still photographer
Graham Johnston .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jean-Paul Kieffer .... still photographer
Jean-Yves Le Poulain .... first assistant camera
Richard Mercier .... first assistant camera: steadicam
Jako Raybaut .... director of photography: second unit
Olivier Servais .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Christophe Vanhoutte .... electrician
Casting Department
Joanna Delon .... casting assistant
Beatrice Kruger .... casting: Rome (as Béatrice Kruger)
Carrie O'Brien .... casting: Luxembourg
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Magdalena Marczynska .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Kim Aubry .... post-production executive: Zoetrope
Jamie Burris .... post-production coordinator
Rick Downey .... negative cutter
Roger La Prairie .... colorist
Michael Matsumoto .... post-production assistant
Sandra Montiel .... first assistant editor
Dana Ross .... color timer
Scott Warren .... assistant editor
Louise Rubacky .... re-editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Tod Holcomb .... music editor
Debra MacCulloch .... music legal
Roger Neill .... composer: additional score
Roger Neill .... conductor
Roger Neill .... orchestrator
Brian Reitzell .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Guy Hebeler .... transportation manager
Joe Kotroczo .... driver
Karin Marié .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Susan Paley Abramson .... assistant to producers
Dawn Angel .... production assistant
Bob Bellion .... financial manager: Delux Productions
Carmen Berardini .... talent coordinator: Rome
Ernesto Cimbalo .... location manager: Rome
Francesco Colicigno .... location manager: Rome
Simon di Principe .... assistant script supervisor
Edna Do Nascimento Silva .... office coordinator
Sébastien Fernandes Tasch .... assistant location manager
Jacqueline Gamard .... script supervisor
Julie Hansen .... post production accountant
Norm Harnois .... assistant accountant: Delux
Guy Heinen .... location assistant
Bénédicte Humbel .... production coordinator
Radica Jovicic .... double: "Dragonfly"
Radica Jovicic .... stand-in: "Dragonfly"
Elizabeth Kirkscey .... assistant: Georgia Kacandes
Beryl Koltz .... location assistant
Joe Kotroczo .... production assistant
Patricia Kretschmer .... assistant to producer
Shannon Lail .... production executive: Zoetrope
Ragna Arny Larusdottir .... production coordinator
Xavier Laurent .... stand-in: Jeremy Davies
Roberto Longobardi .... assistant accountant: Delux
Claude Ludovicy .... location manager
Christopher Neil .... acting coach (as Chris Neil)
Sébastien Peiffer .... production assistant
Massimo Raschella .... assistant accountant: Delux
Carole Reding .... assistant accountant: Delux
Joanne Reichling .... production assistant
David Morais Rocas .... location trainee
Frederic Roeser .... assistant location manager (as Fredo Roeser)
George Sweney .... accountant
Estelle Tourscher .... assistant rushes coordinator
Spike Jonze .... special thanks

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Rated R for some nudity and language
88 min | France:91 min (Cannes Film Festival)
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Did You Know?

The design for the inner workings of the Dragonfly robot at the end of the film are based on Paul's wristwatch, which we see at the beginning of the film.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Dragonfly swerves her car in reverse in the tunnel, there are skid marks already on the ground along the path her tires take.See more »
Felix DeMarco:Okay, I want two cameras! I know it sounds risky, but we're gonna do two!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Contempt (1963)See more »
Senza MammaSee more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
CQ on Reel 13, 18 October 2011
Author: eplromeo8 from United States

Despite the pedigree of being made by the latest Coppola clan member to enter the feature film directorial ranks, CQ came and went from theaters when it was released a few years go. Seeing it for the first time on Reel 13 on Saturday, I'm a little stunned as to why. Roman Coppola proves to be a promising, thoughtful filmmaker and as adept a student of cinema history as his Uncle Francis. CQ is an engaging, if loosely structured movie, managing to be simultaneously inventive and derivative, borrowing from and paying homage to everything from La Dolce Vita to the Marx Brothers.

Its primary source of influence is, of course, 1968's Barbarella, here thinly veiled as the fictional "Dragonfly", as the film within the film. CQ is about how Paul, a young editor (Jeremy Davies), working on said "Dragonfly" deals with balancing his career and his relationship as he works on both the big-budget sci-fi epic and directing his own personal documentary film. This set-up provides Coppola with three different planes of action going on – real life, the black and white documentary and the colorful, sexy, futuristic world of "Dragonfly". The fun really begins when Coppola deftly uses these formats to blur the lines of fantasy and reality when Paul, in his search for himself, begins to lose sight of where the boundaries for each of these worlds lie – or if they even exist.

In addition to Coppola's stellar usage of mixed media, the other key to CQ's success is Jeremy Davies, an extremely talented and severely underused young actor who quite possibly should have won an Oscar for his work in Saving Private Ryan and at least should have been nominated for last year's Rescue Dawn. I think there are less roles for him because he seems to insist on making quirky, out-of-the-box choices. However, when a director with vision is willing to roll the dice on him, he almost always delivers an inspired performance. CQ is no exception as Davies brings a believable, uncomfortable edge to Paul. He is a character who is lost and confused, but most actors would play him with a modicum of swagger. Davies makes him neurotic without being nebbish – as if still a boy in the body a man who isn't quite sure that he wants to grow up. At the heart of Davies' performance, however, still is that extra element of quirkiness that is all his own. It's that extra layer of thought he puts in to his performance and those unusual choices he makes that allows the character to feel fresh – different than what we're used to while at the same time, wholly plausible.

After all is said and done, with all its layers of meaning and different milieus represented within it, CQ ultimately becomes a dissertation on film and the nature of filmmaking as an artform. It depicts the tendency of the artist to lose himself in his work and how said artist can learn to manipulate the art to find his way again (it's no wonder I liked it so much). In that sense, it's a beautifully realized film and another highly auspicious debut from an almost unfairly talented family.

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