Declaration of War
Film poster
Directed byValérie Donzelli
Written byJérémie Elkaïm
Valérie Donzelli
Produced byEdouard Weil
StarringValérie Donzelli
CinematographySébastien Buchmann
Edited byPauline Gaillard
Distributed byWild Bunch Distribution
Release date
  • 12 May 2011 (2011-05-12) (Cannes)
Running time
100 minutes
Budget$1.7 million [1]
Box office$5.9 million [2]

Declaration of War (French: La Guerre est déclarée) is a 2011 French film directed by Valérie Donzelli, and written by and starring Donzelli and Jérémie Elkaïm; it is based on actual events in their lives together, when they were a young couple caring for their dangerously ill son.[3][4] It was released on the 31 August 2011 and received very positive reviews; Allociné, a review aggregation website gave it an average of 4.3 stars out of five.[5] Le Monde gave it a full five stars, saying "Against cancer, an undoubtable force of happiness".[6] The film was selected as the French entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards,[7][8] but it did not make the final shortlist.[9]


Valérie Donzelli and Jérémie Elkaïm
Valérie Donzelli and Jérémie Elkaïm

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2011 Gijón International Film Festival Grand Prix Asturias for Best Film Declaration of War Won
Best Actor Jérémie Elkaïm Won
Best Actress Valérie Donzelli Won
Paris Cinema Jury Award for Best Feature Film Declaration of War (Valérie Donzelli) Won
Audience Award Valérie Donzelli Won
Bloggers' Award Won
2012 César Awards 2012[10] Best Film Declaration of War Nominated
Best Director Valérie Donzelli Nominated
Best Actress Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Jérémie Elkaïm, Valérie Donzelli Nominated
Best Editing Pauline Gaillard Nominated
Best Sound André Rigaut, Laurent Gabiot, Sébastien Savine Nominated
Étoiles d'Or Best Screenplay (Scénario) Jérémie Elkaïm, Valérie Donzelli Won
Hong Kong International Film Festival SIGNIS Award Valérie Donzelli Nominated
SIGNIS Award - Special Mention Won
17th Lumières Awards Best Actress Valérie Donzelli Nominated

See also


  1. ^ "La Guerre est déclarée (Declaration of War) (2011) - JPBox-Office".
  2. ^
  3. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 120. ISBN 978-1908215017.
  4. ^ Index:La Guerre est déclarée Retrieved 31 August 2011
  5. ^ La Guerre est déclarée > Critiques Presse Retrieved 31 August 2011
  6. ^ "La guerre est déclarée" : contre le cancer, la force redoutable du bonheur Le Monde, 30 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011
  7. ^ Leffler, Rebecca (16 September 2011). "France Makes a 'Declaration of War' in Foreign-Language Oscar Race". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-09-16.
  8. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  9. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Vie for Oscar". Retrieved 2012-01-19.
  10. ^ 2012 César Awards