Nos héros sont morts ce soir: role play in the ring
by Fabien Lemercier
- Denis Ménochet and Jean-Pierre Martins are two wrestlers from the 1960s in David Perrault’s first feature produced by Mille et Une Productions
Newcomer Denis Ménochet (photo - revealed by Inglourious Basterds [+see also:
film profile] and currently out in cinemas in In the House [+see also:
film profile]) and Jean-Pierre Martins (Marcel Cerdan in La Vie en Rose [+see also:
film profile], well-reviewed for My Piece of the Pie [+see also:
film profile] and Une nuit [+see also:
film profile]) are to star in David Perrault’s Nos héros sont morts ce soir (lit. “Our heroes died tonight”), a film that has been shooting since October 15. They will appear alongside Constance Dollé, Philippe Nahon, Pascale Demollon, and Alice Barnole.
Written by the director, the screenplay is set in France at the beginning of the 1960s. Wrestling is all the rage. Simon and Victor are friends and opponents in the ring. In their well-rehearsed act, Simon a.k.a. "The Ghost" wears a white mask, while Victor is “the Slaughterer of Belleville" and attracts the audience’s wrath. But he ends up suffocating under his executioner’s mask. At least once in his life, he would like to be the one who is applauded. Simon suggests to Victor that they change masks. But one does not change roles so easily. Becoming the other is not without its consequences.
Produced by Farès Ladjimi for Mille et une productions, Nos héros sont morts ce soir has been pre-acquired by Canal+ and Ciné+. The film has been supported by the Aquitaine and Centre regions, as well as Sofica Hoche Image. Shooting is to last seven weeks in Tours and Bordeaux (from November 7). UFO Distribution is to be in charge of releasing the film in French cinemas, while SND is to handle its international sales.
Mille et Une Productions also has Drift Away, a first feature by Daniel Sicard adapted from Swiss writer Peter Stamm’s short story Objets dérivants (lit. “Drifting objects”), in post-production. The company, for whom producers Edouard Mauriat and Anne-Cécile Berthomeau also work, has previously produced four notable films by the Lebanese duo Joana Hadjithomas - Khalid Joreige (including the recentThe Lebanese Rocket Society), Paula Markovitch’s El Premio (awarded at the 2011 Berlinale), Hubert Sauper’s Darwin’s Nightmare, Alain Gomis’ L’Afrance and Andalucia [+see also:
film profile], and Ilan Duran Cohen’s Le plaisir de chanter, as well as features directed by Mehdi Ben Attia and Brice Cauvin.
(Translated from French)
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