Duvauchelle and Biolay star in Deluc’s Mariage à Mendoza
by Fabien Lemercier
10/11/2011 - Shooting will start on November 21 in Argentina on Edouard Deluc’s debut feature: Mariage à Mendoza (“Wedding in Mendoza”). Having won multiple awards for his short film ¿Dónde Está Kim Basinger? (nominated for the Best Short Film César and winner of the Grand Prize at Clermont-Ferrand in 2010), the director has used it as inspiration for his new film whose cast includes Nicolas Duvauchelle (pictured - Poliss [trailer, film focus], Happy Few [trailer] and star of the TV series Braquo), Philippe Rebbot (who was seen in All the Suns [trailer] and played the central character in ¿Dónde Está Kim Basinger?) and Benjamin Biolay (Bachelor Days Are Over [trailer], nominated for the Best Supporting Actor César 2009 for Stella [trailer]).
Co-scripted by Deluc and Thomas Lilti with collaboration from Rebbot and Anaïs Carpita, the film centres on Marcus (Rebbot) and his brother Antoine (Duvauchelle) who set off to Argentina for the wedding of their cousin Xavier (Biolay). They hope to discover the pleasures of Buenos Aires before heading off to Mendoza, in the west of the country.
But while Marcus is very upbeat, Antoine is feeling very down because his wife has just left him and, in the end, she hasn’t come with him. Determined to cheer his little brother up, Marcus pulls out all the stops! After a "caliente" evening in the capital come the open road and its routes through the fields, their discovery of Argentina’s vineyards, unlikely encounters, an enlightened receptionist, some vengeful Chinese people, a divine beauty, a pregnant ewe, and Stendhal syndrome... At the end of the road, the two brothers rediscover each other.
Produced by Emmanuel Agneray (European Film Promotion’s Producer on The Move 2009), and Jérôme Bleitrach for Bizibi Productions (partner on the director’s four short films), Mariage à Mendoza has received co-production supports from Direct Cinema, Versus Production and Campo Cine (company founded by Diego Lerman and Nicolas Avruj), a €550,000 advance on receipts from the National Film and Moving Image Centre (CNC) and backing from Soficas Hoche Artois and Cinémage.
Shooting will take place in Argentina from November 21 to December 31 before wrapping up with four days in France in January 2012. The film will be distributed in French theatres by Diaphana and sold internationally by Kinology.
(Translated from French)