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Ariane Ascaride to star as Isabelle in Mirko Locatelli’s latest film

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- The French actress will play the main role in the Milanese director's latest film, which is due to be screened in world premiere in competition at the Montreal World Film Festival

Ariane Ascaride to star as Isabelle in Mirko Locatelli’s latest film
Isabelle by Mirko Locatelli

A woman and a boy meet, bound together by an event that will change their lives forever. That's all we know about the story of Isabelle, the latest film by Mirko Locatelli, starring Ariane Ascaride as the main character. The fiilm was produced by Strani Film and Robert Guédiguian's French company Agat Films & Cie/Ex Nihilo, along with Rai Cinema and the contribution of Friuli Venezia Giulia Film FundIsabelle, by the director of I corpi estranei [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Mirko Locatelli
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]
 and Il primo giorno d'inverno was selected in competition at the 42nd edition of the Montreal World Film Festival (from 23 August to 3 September), where it will be screened in world premiere.

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The film also stars the young Trieste-born actor Samuele Vessio, discovered thanks to a photograph on Facebook and a lengthy selection process, as well as Robinson Stévenin (The House by the Sea [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Robert Guédiguian
film profile
]
). In a similar fashion to the director's previous films, the screenplay was written by the director along with Giuditta Tarantelli, while Ugo Carlevaro is set to join the project as the director of photography, Fabio Bobbio as the editor and Gian Antonio Fusar Poli as the set designer. The music was composed by Locatelli himself.

The idea for ​​the film dates back almost ten years and came about during a holiday in Trieste. The filming took place in June and July 2017 in Trieste, the region of Colli Orientali del Friuli and a villa in Rosazzo. 

"We’re delighted to hear that the film has been selected to premiere in competition at an international festival as prestigious and courageous as Montreal," declared the director, "because it was precisely courage that encouraged us and our producers to create Isabelle, a film that required a lot of effort but allowed me to tell an internationally inspired story with Ariane Ascaride, an actress with great sensitivity." 

The Italian release of Isabelle is scheduled for the end of November.

(Translated from Italian)

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