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Mandarin and Rezo bet on Maestro by Léa Fazer

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- The cast features Pio Marmaï as a young actor on the set of a great filmmaker, a character inspired by Eric Rohmer and played by Michael Lonsdale

Mandarin and Rezo bet on Maestro by Léa Fazer

The filming began on August 19 of Maestro, the 5th feature by Franco-Swiss director Léa Fazer after Welcome to Switzarland, which opened the Certain Regard in Cannes in 2004, Notre univers impitoyable [+see also:
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 (2008), Ensemble c'est trop [+see also:
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 (2010) and Cookie [+see also:
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 (2013). The cast features Pio Marmaï (nominated for the César 2009 for Best Male Newcomer in Le plus beau jour du reste de ta vie and noticed since notably in Alyah [+see also:
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),
experienced actor Michael Lonsdale (César 2011 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Of Gods and Men [+see also:
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), Belgian actress Déborah François (nominated for the César 2006 and 2007 for Best Female Newcomer in Sister [+see also:
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 and The Page Turner [+see also:
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, winner in the same category in 2009 for Le plus beau jour du reste de ta vie and recently appreciated in Populaire [+see also:
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), Alice Belaïdi, Nicolas Bridet, Dominique Reymond and Micha Lescot.

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The screenplay, co-signed by the director and Jocelyn Quivrin (who died after an accident in 2009), was inspired to the latter by his participation as an actor in the filming of Romance of Astrea and Celadon [+see also:
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 by Eric Rohmer (2007). Maestro’s story focuses on Henri (Pio Marmaï), a young comedian dreaming of being in an action movie and who finds himself on the set of a master of author cinema, Cédric Rovère (Michael Lonsdale). Henri will come out transformed of this exceptional experience, which also happens to be the director’s last filming.

Produced by Mandarin Cinéma (Nicolas and Eric AltmayerIsabelle Grellat), Maestro, which was pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, benefits from the backing of Angoa and the Centre region where the majority of the filming will take place (while Paris is the set this week) for a scheduled duration of 31 days. The French distribution and international sales are handled by Rezo.

Mandarin Cinéma launched in French theatres Paris à tout prix [+see also:
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 by Reem Kherici on July 17 (515,000 admissions in 5 weeks) and Young and Beautiful [+see also:
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 by François Ozon on August 21 (280,000 spectators in the first week). The company also counts in post-production on Fastlife by Thomas Ngijol (who plays the main character himself, a man in his thirties who decides to take part in the Olympic 100m race) and in preparation, Saint Laurent by Bertrand Bonello (news) and the next (still mysterious) film by François Ozon.

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(Translated from French)

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