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Filming kicks off on Xavier de Choudens’ Damien veut changer le monde

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- Franck Gastambide, Melisa Sözen, Camille Lellouche and Gringe star in this Agat Films & Cie production, which is due to be sold by WTFilms

Filming kicks off on Xavier de Choudens’ Damien veut changer le monde
Actor Franck Gastambide

Shooting on Damien veut changer le monde by Xavier de Choudens kicked off on 4 June. Starring in the film by the director of Frères (2004) Joseph and the Girl [+see also:
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(2010) is Franck Gastambide (who also acted in and directed Les Kaïra [+see also:
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, Pattaya [+see also:
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and Taxi 5 [+see also:
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, as well as also starring in On the Sly [+see also:
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and Good Luck Algeria [+see also:
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, and soon to be on our screens in Belleville Cop in October), Melisa Sözen (Best Actress at the Turkish Film Awards in 2015 for Winter Sleep [+see also:
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, and also a star of season 3 of Bureau des Légendes), Camille Lellouche (excellent performances in The Price of Success [+see also:
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and Grand Central [+see also:
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, and in cinemas next year in Mon inconnue), the young Jessim Kas, Gringe  (Comment c’est loin [+see also:
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and Carbon [+see also:
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, recently seen at Cannes in Little Tickles [+see also:
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and due to hit our screens next January in L’heure de la sortie) and Patrick Chesnais (winner of a César award for Best Supporting Actor in 1989 and nominated for Bright Days Ahead [+see also:
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in 2014. He was also nominated for a César award in 2006 for Best Actor for Not Here to Be Loved [+see also:
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, and is due to hit our screens next December in a leading role in The Emperor of Paris).

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Written by the director, along with Charly Delwart, the screenplay focuses on Damien (Franck Gastambide) and his sister Melanie (Camille Lellouche) who had a happy but often disrupted childhood due to the incessant protesting of their almost "professional" activist parents. Following the untimely death of their mother, this super-committed family’s activist spirit fizzled out. Twenty years later, Damien, now a primary school teacher, is forced to follow in his parents' footsteps in order to save a student (Jessim Kas) who is being deported along with his mother, Salma (Melisa Sözen). Damien convinces his sister, now a formidable business lawyer, and his best friend, Rudy (Gringe), to join him in the fight. Together, they will cross the picket line in order to save Damien’s student and many others...

Produced by Muriel Meynard and Marc Bordure for Agat Films & Cie, Damien veut changer le monde was co-produced by France 3 Cinéma and C8 Films. Also pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film received financial support from Sofica Manon, Sofitvcine, Indéfilms and Cinémage. The eight weeks of filming, taking place in and around Paris, is due to end on 29 July, with Pierre Aïm on set as the director of photography (nominated for a César three times, including in 2012 for Poliss [+see also:
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, and recently noted for his work on The Nile Hilton Incident [+see also:
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). The film will be released in French cinemas by Apollo Films Distribution and international sales will be handled by WTFilms.

For the record, Agat Films & Ex Nihilo are also currently shooting Mon frère (provisional title) by Julien Abraham (read the article here) and T’exagères by José Alcala (article), as well as The Summer House by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi (read the article here – French release on 12 September 2018) and Lady Winsley by Hiner Saleem (article), which are both currently in post-production.

(Translated from French)

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