Kevin Azaïs and Adèle Haenel in Les combattants
by Fabien Lemercier
- Thomas Cailley will begin on August 2nd the shooting of his first feature film, under the banner of Nord-Ouest Films
Noticed in 2011 with his short film Paris Shanghai, Thomas Cailley will begin on August 2nd the shooting of his first feature film: Les combattants. The cast features two young rising stars: Kevin Azaïs (revealed in La journée de la jupe [+see also:
film profile] and Bad Seeds [+see also:
film profile], soon in Vandal) and Adèle Haenel (nominated for the César in 2008 and 2012 for Best Female Newcomer in Water Lilies [+see also:
film profile] and House of Tolerance [+see also:
interview: Adèle Haenel
film profile], recently appreciated in Cannes in Suzanne [+see also:
interview: Katell Quillévéré
Written by the director and Claude Le Pape, the screenplay focuses on Arnaud, 17 years old and down to earth. His older brother and mother, their garden shed company, even the death of his father, Arnaud deals with it all in his own way. Without making waves. Without knowing either. On this path that he was hoping would be straight, he encounters Madeleine, 19 years old. A bloc of tense muscles, lapidary phrases and dark stares, who is preparing for a war that Arnaud is not sure he understands. How far must Arnaud go for her, since she never asked him for anything. And where should he follow her, since she is the only one who knows where she is headed?
Produced by Pierre Guyard for Nord-Ouest Films, Les combattants was pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+. Also funded, amongst others, by the advance on receipts from the CNC, the Aquitaine region (where the filming will take place from August 2nd to September 17th), the Pyrénées Atlantiques and Sofica Cofimage, the feature film will be distributed in France by Haut et Court and sold internationally by Bac Films.
Nord-Ouest Films (directed by Christophe Rossignon and Philip Boeffard) currently handles the post-production of L’épreuve d’une vie by Nils Tavernier (with Jacques Gamblin and Alexandra Lamy – read the article) and Juliette by Serge Frydman (with Leila Bekhti, Nicolas Duvauchelle and singer Bénabar - article).
(Translated from French)
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