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Mr. Nobody
Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Produced by Phillippe Godeau
Written by Jaco Van Dormael
Starring Jared Leto
Diane Kruger
Sarah Polley
Linh Dan Pham
Music by Pierre Van Dormael
Cinematography Christophe Beaucarne
Distributed by Pathé (France)
Wild Bunch (France)
Release date(s) 13 January 2010 (Belgium and France)
Running time 138 minutes
Country Belgium, Canada, France, Germany
Language English
Budget ‚ā¨37 million (US$58 million)

Mr. Nobody is a 2010 film directed by Jaco Van Dormael, and starring Jared Leto, Diane Kruger and Sarah Polley. It began filming in June 2007.[1]



In the year 2092, a time when Mars is a vacation spot, Nemo Nobody is a 117-year-old man who is the last mortal among humans who have become immortal due to scientific advances involving the perpetual rejuvenation of telomeres.[2] When Nemo is on his deathbed, he reviews the three possible existences and marriages he might have experienced.[3] References to the big bang theory, the nature of time, superstring theory, memory, help structure the plot.



Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael began seeking to film Mr. Nobody in 2001, an attempt that lasted six years before the director was able to make his English-language feature debut in 2007.[4] Van Dormael's project differed from other Belgian productions in being filmed in English instead of in one of Belgium's main languages. The director explained, "The story came to me in English. It's a story set over very long distances and time frames. One of the strands of the plot is about a kid who must choose between living with his mother in Canada or his father in England. There are also some incredible English-speaking actors I wanted to work with."[7] Mr. Nobody is Dormael's first feature film since the Belgian film Le huitième jour (The Eighth Day) in 1996.[4] Dormael began preparing production of Mr. Nobody in February 2007 with actor Sarah Polley the first to be cast in the film.[5] Actor Jared Leto was later cast into the primary role of Nemo Nobody. Actress Eva Green was originally reported to be cast into the film, but the casting was not confirmed.[1]

The production budget for Mr. Nobody was ‚ā¨37 million (US$58 million), ranking it the most expensive Belgian film to date. The budget was approved before casting was done, based on the prominence of director's name and the strength of his script. Half of the budget was provided by the film's French producer Philippe Godeau through his production company Pan Europeene, and the other half was financed by distributors Wild Bunch and Path√©.[7] Production took place throughout 2007, lasting 120 days and filming in Belgium, Germany, and Canada. Scenes were filmed on location in Montreal, Canada and at Babelsberg Studios in Berlin, Germany.[2] The three lives that Nemo Nobody experiences were separated by color coding and musical cues. Each life's design was also based on the work of British photographer Martin Parr.[3]

While producing the film, van Dormael took the unique step of publishing his screenplay.[3] The director described the scale of the film, "My producers don't like me saying it, but it's really a big-budget experimental film about the many different lives one person can live, depending on the choices he makes. It's about the infinite possibilities facing any person. There are good or bad choices in life. It's simply that each choice will create another life for you. What's interesting is to be alive."[2][3] Mr.Nobody was out in cinemas in France and Belgium on the 13th of January, 2010.

Post Production

The film was edited by Susan Shipton and Matyas Veress. Special effects were produced by Modus FX, Fly Studio and Rodeo FX in Montreal and Digital Graphics in Belgium.


Jared Leto, Diane Kruger, Sarah Polley, Linh Dan Pham and the director Jaco Van Dormel from the film Mr. Nobody at the 66th Venice International Film Festival.

Mr. Nobody was first presented at the 66th Venice International Film Festival and the Osella for Best Production Designer went to Sylvie Olivé.

In September, Mr. Nobody was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and was received positively.


  1. ^ a b Feuill√®re, Anne (15 June 2007). "Van Dormael‚Äôs ambitious Mr Nobody". (Cineuropa). Retrieved 17 July 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Kelly, Brendan (15 October 2007). "Nobody shooting in town". The Gazette. Retrieved 24 May 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d Johnston, Sheila (28 March 2008). "Jaco van Dormael - The return of a hero". The Independent. Retrieved 24 May 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c Kit, Borys (17 July 2007). "'Mr. Nobody' cares for two somebodies". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 July 2007. 
  5. ^ a b James, Alison (12 February 2007). "Van Dormael prepares 'Nobody'". Variety. Retrieved 17 July 2007. 
  6. ^ "Now shooting!! - Christal Films a co-producer of MR. NOBODY, a film by Jaco Van Dormael, with Jared Leto and Sarah Polley". (CNW Group). 19 June 2007. Retrieved 17 July 2007. 
  7. ^ a b Grey, Tobias (15 May 2008). "Belgian directors go genre route". Variety. Retrieved 24 May 2008. 

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