Two children run away in Le Diable Dans la Peau
by Fabien Lemercier
On July 26, shooting will start on Gilles Martinerie’s debut feature, Le Diable Dans la Peau (“The Devil in the Skin”). The film will star two young children and is piloted by Noodles Production, whose slate includes another debut feature in post-production, Audrey Fouché’s Memories Corner (see news).
Co-scripted by the director and Nicolas Peufaillit (Best Original Screenplay César 2010 for A Prophet [+see also:
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But the brothers find out by chance that they are to be separated at the start of the next school year: the youngest will go far away, to a specialised, not to say rather special, school. Their world collapses because their affection, their mutual and unfailing love has been forged in a difficult, violent family environment. In their shared suffering, they made a promise to each other. Their separation is unthinkable, they don’t understand the meaning or purpose of it.
Instinctively, they directly oppose this decision. So they run away. For a while, they recapture their carefreeness, get a brief taste of euphoria and freedom, and sense the primitive pleasure of the poetic relationship with nature. This brief and mad headlong rush, an escape with no way out soon ends with a rude return to reality.
Produced by Jérôme Vidal and Julien Naveau, Le Diable Dans la Peau has a €530,000 advance on receipts from the National Film and Moving Image Centre (CNC) and funding from the Limousin region.
Shooting is scheduled to last for about five weeks. French distribution and international sales are still under negotiation.
(Translated from French)
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