My Father Saved My Life
Cast & Crew
In 1949, following a botched robbery, Manu is imprisoned in Paris and sentenced to death. While on death row, Manu begins writing a book based on his attempted escape from prison. Unbeknownst to Manu, his estranged father Joe has been fighting for presidential clemency for over 4 years. Eventually Manu is exonerated and set free. He goes on to become a sucessful novelist, only to learn years later of the debt he owes his father.
Film is a semi-autobiographical account of the relationship between novelist/filmmaker Jose Giovanni and his estranged father. When Giovanni was unjustly imprisoned and sentenced to death, his father fought for and eventually won his release from death row. Giovanni went on to become the best-selling author of such novels as "Le trou", "Classe tous risques" and "Le deuxieme souffle," all of which were adapted to film.
Jose Giovanni wrote the novel which director Jacques Becker adapted for his classic prison drama "Le Trou" (France/1959).
Completed shooting May 17, 2000.
Began shooting April 3, 2000.