Exclusif dives into speed dating
by Fabien Lemercier
01/02/2007 - Final preparations are underway before shooting begins this Monday on Exclusif. The film will be the second feature by highly acclaimed director Jean-Marc Moutout, after his debut film Work Hard, Play Hard [trailer], which screened in competition at Locarno and was nominated for the Cesar for Best First Feature Film in 2005.
After the cruel world of big business, this time the 40 year-old director has decided to explore – in the form of a dramatic comedy – the world of speed dating, organised encounters where singles try to find their soul mate or a one-night stand.
Exclusif’s cast includes Elsa Zylberstein, Bruno Putzulu and Jacques Bonnaffé and is scripted by Jean-Marc Moutout, Olivier Gorce (Work Hard, Play Hard) and experienced scriptwriter Agnès de Sacy (who wrote Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi’s Actrice and Roschdy Zem’s Bad Faith [trailer]).
Eloïse (Zylberstein), a 36 year-old notary secretary, lives in Paris. Still single, despite her circle of friends and her job, she signs up for a speed dating evening where she meets the man of her dreams, or so she thinks. However, the failure of this relationship and other related events increasingly destabilise Eloïse, making her determined to set out on a frantic search. Using speed dating as a true exercise of love recruitment, the candidates she meets include characters played by Putzulu and Bonnaffé.
Produced by Margaret Menegoz for Les Films du Losange, Exclusif carries a €3.6m budget that includes €430,000 in CNC advances on receipts, €650,000 in investment from France 2 Cinéma (€390,000 in pre-sales and €260,000 in co-production) and pre-sales from Canal + and CinéCinéma.
Filming will take place in and around Paris for eight weeks and three days, and the title is slated for release late 2007 or early 2008 through Les Films du Losange, who will also be handling international sales.
(Translated from French)