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Shooting to commence in April on Jumbo by Zoe Wittock

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- The director's first feature film will reunite Noémie Merlant and Emmanuelle Bercot. The film, produced by Insolence Productions, will be distributed in France by Rezo

Shooting to commence in April on Jumbo by Zoe Wittock
Actresses Noémie Merlant and Emmanuelle Bercot

Shooting on Zoe Wittock's first feature film, Jumbo, will commence on 16 April. The Belgian filmmaker attended the Berlinale Talent Campus and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where she was the youngest graduate in her class in 2011. Her graduation film, Ceci n’est pas un parapluie, was chosen by the DGA (Directors Guild of America) to represent young emerging talent.

Jumbo stars Noémie Merlant (nominated in 2017 for the César for Most Promising Actress and the Enlightenment Award for Heaven Will Wait [+see also:
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, as well as recently starring in Curiosa and Les Drapeaux de papier), Emmanuelle Bercot (Best Actress award at Cannes in 2015 for My King [+see also:
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and also due to star in Les Filles du soleil and L’Heure de la sortie), the Belgian actor Sam Louwyck (excellent performance in Bullhead [+see also:
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, The Fifth Season [+see also:
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and The Wonders [+see also:
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, and soon to be in cinemas in The Wild Boys [+see also:
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) and Bastien Bouillon.

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Written by the director, the screenplay focuses on Jeanne, a shy young woman who works as a night guard at an amusement park and has a close relationship with her mother. While no man can compete with this opposed duo, Jeanne begins to develop strange romantic feelings for Jumbo, the lighthouse attraction at the theme park... 

It's worth noting that the project participated in the Mannheim Meeting Place and Fantasia as part of the Frontières international co-production market. 

Produced by Anaïs Bertrand for the Parisian company Insolence Productions, Jumbo was co-produced by the Luxembourg company Films Fauves and Belgian outfit Kwassa Films. The feature film, which is also due to receive an advance on earnings from CNC, Eurimages, Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Film Fund Luxembourg, and Sofica Sofitvcine, will be shot from 16 April to 1 June in Belgium and Luxembourg withThomas Buelens (All Cats Are Grey [+see also:
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) working on the project as director of photography. Rezo Films will be handling distribution in France, while international sales are still under negotiation.

(Translated from French)

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