Cold Souls

August 7th 2009
  • Drama/Fantasy,
  • PG-13,
  • 97 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Paul Giamatti, David Strathairn, Emily Watson, Dina Korzun, Lauren Ambrose, Katheryn Winnick, Boris Kievsky, Oksana Lada, Natalia Zvereva, Rebecca Brooksher, Yevgeniy Dekhtyar, Floanne Ankah, Fabrizia Dal Farra, Polina Gorokhovskaya, Michael Aronov, Marie-Pierre Beausejour, Kevin Cannon, Erin Cronican, Alexandra Donhoeffner, John Farrer, Laura Heisler, Ted Koch, Gregory Korostishevsky, Eliezer Meyer, Armand Schultz, Stella Stark, Wendy Rich Stetson, Michael Tucker
  • Director: Sophie Barthes
  • Writer: Sophie Barthes
  • Producers: Daniel Carey, Elizabeth Giamatti, Paul S. Mezey, Andrij Parekh, Jeremy Kipp Walker
  • Co Producer: Alexandre Mallet-Guy
  • Executive Producers: John Hynansky, D.J. Martin, James Shifren
  • Art Direction: Michael Ahern
  • Casting: Daniel Swee
  • Costume Design: Erin Benach
  • D.O.P.: Andrij Parekh
  • Editor: Andrew Mondshein
  • Makeup: David Kalahiki
  • Music: Dickon Hinchliffe
  • Production Design: Beth Mickle
  • Set Decoration: Ipek Celik


Is your soul weighing you down? Paul Giamatti has found a solution! In the surreal comedy "Cold Souls," Paul Giamatti plays an actor named... Paul Giamatti. Stumbling upon an article in The New Yorker about a high-tech company that extracts, deep-freezes and stores people's souls, Paul very well might have found the key to happiness for which he's been searching. But, complications arise when he is the unfortunate victim of "soul-trafficking." Giamatti's journey takes him all the way to Russia in hopes of retrieving his stolen soul from an ambitious but talentless soap-opera actress. Balancing a tightrope between deadpan humor & pathos, and reality & fantasy, "Cold Souls" is a true soul searching comedy.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA; St. Petersburg, Russia
  • MPAA Warning: Mature sexual content, language and thematic material
  • Production Companies: Journeyman Pictures, Memento Films Production, Touchy Feely Films, arte France CinĂ©ma

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The film was inspired by a dream in which Woody Allen discovers that his soul looks just like a chickpea.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 12 November 2009: Netherlands