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Michel Hazanavicius to direct The Lost Prince

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- Omar Sy, François Damiens and Bérénice Bejo are due to star in the Oscar winner's next film. StudioCanal will launch pre-sales at Cannes

Michel Hazanavicius to direct The Lost Prince
Director Michel Hazanavicius and actors Omar Sy, François Damiens and Bérénice Bejo

On 30 July, Michel Hazanavicius will start shooting his 7th feature film: The Lost Prince. The director of The Artist [+see also:
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in 2011 (five Oscars in 2012 including Best Film and Best Director), Redoubtable [+see also:
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(competing last year at Cannes), OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies [+see also:
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 (2.3 million admissions in France in 2006) and OSS 117: Lost in Rio [+see also:
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 (2.56 million admissions in France in 2009) will bring together an amazing trio for his film, including the very popular Omar Sy (Caesar in 2012 for Best Actor in Untouchable [+see also:
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, nominated in 2017 for Chocolat [+see also:
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, and due to star in Le Flic de Belleville this autumn), the Belgian actor François Damiens (nominated for César Awards in 2015 and 2016 for Best Actor in The Bélier Family [+see also:
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and Cowboys [+see also:
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, appreciated last year in Just To Be Sure [+see also:
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) and Bérénice Bejo (acting award at Cannes in 2013 for The Past [+see also:
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, Caesar in 2012 for Best Actress in The Artist, which also got her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress – soon to star in The Quietude [+see also:
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and Le jeu).

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The plot focuses on Djibi, who lives alone with Sofia, his eight-year-old daughter. Every night, he invents a story to help her get to sleep. When Sofia falls asleep, these extraordinary stories come to life in an imaginary world full of knights, pirates and dragons. In this world, which belongs only to them, Sofia is always the princess and her brave prince is none other than Djibi himself. Three years later, Sofia is due to start high school, marking the end of her childhood. Much to the despair of her father, she no longer needs his bedtime stories. In real life, Djibi will have to accept that his daughter is destined to grow up and move away from home. While in the World of Stories, the prince will have to face his most epic adventure yet. Finding his destiny in a world to which he no longer belongs…

Produced by Philippe Rousselet and Jonathan Blumental and combining the production of Prélude, Pathé, StudioCanal and TF1 Films Production, The Lost Prince will be shooting from 30 July to 5 October. French distribution will be provided by Pathé. While international sales will be launched by StudioCanal at the Film Market at the 71st Cannes Film Festival (8 to 19 May).

(Translated from French)

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