As World War I rages across the European countryside, four individuals stuck on the front lines find themselves faced with the unthinkable in director Christian Carion's account of the real-life wartime event that would offer hope for peace in mankind's darkest hour.
When the war machines began rolling in the summer of 1914, the devastation that they would wage upon German, British and French troops was palpable. But as the winter winds began to blow and soldiers sat huddled in their trenches awaiting holiday care packages from their families, the threat of warfare took a momentary backseat to yearning for the brotherhood of man. The lonely souls on the front lines abandoned their arms on Christmas Eve to reach out to their enemies on the battlefield and greet them not with hostility but with the simple, kind gesture of a much-needed cigarette or a treasured piece of chocolate. Thus was the fate of a French lieutenant, a Scottish priest, a German tenor and a Danish soprano changed forever.
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Picture in 2005, Joyeux Noël is the first screening in a year-long film series celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I, created in partnership with the Arvada Center.
Producer: Christophe Rossignon | Editor: Judith Rivière Kawa, Andrea Sedlácková | Cinematographer: Walther van den Ende | Screenwriter: Christian Carion
Cast: Diane Kruger, Natalie Dessay, Benno Fürmann, Rolando Villazón, Guillaume Canet, Gary Lewis
Additional Countries: Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium, Romania, Norway, Japan, USA