The shoot is about to kick off for Raging Rose by Julia Kowalski
by Fabien Lemercier
- Yoann Zimmer, Andrzej Chyra and Liv Henneguier star in this Les Films de Françoise production, in conjunction with Polish outfit Donten & Lacroix Films
On 24 November, the first clapperboard will slam for the Franco-Polish co-production Raging Rose [+see also:
film profile] (Crache coeur), the feature debut by Julia Kowalski, who won both the Sopadin Grand Prix for Best Screenplay in 2013 and the Script Pro Award at Warsaw with the project. Born in France to Polish parents, the young filmmaker, who turned heads with her short Chamber Music (selected at such festivals as Clermont-Ferrand, Brest, Indie Lisboa, Tampere and Recife), among other titles, has, according to Cineuropa’s sources, assembled a cast that includes young Belgian actor Yoann Zimmer (who appeared in Two Days, One Night [+see also:
interview: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
film profile]), Poland’s Andrzej Chyra (winner of the Eagle Award for Best Polish Actor in 2006 for The Collector [+see also:
film profile] and nominated in 2007 for Katyn [+see also:
interview: Andrzej Wajda
interview: Michal Kwiecinski
film profile]; nominated in 2000, 2007 and 2011 - for All That I Love [+see also:
film profile] – in the Supporting Actor category; very visible last year in competition at the Berlinale in In the Name of [+see also:
interview: Malgorzata Szumowska
interview: Mateusz Kosciukiewicz
film profile]) and Liv Henneguier (who was honoured with the Award for Best Actress in a Short Film at this year’s Cabourg Film Festival).
Written by Julia Kowalski, the story sees a Polish labourer called Jozef arrive in Brittany in search of his son, Roman, who he walked out on 15 years ago. He tries to find him again with the help of Rose, his boss’s daughter, unaware that he is about to unleash a fair bit of disruption in the lives of these two highly strung adolescents.
Produced by Mina Driouche, Valérie Donzelli (the director of Declaration of War [+see also:
film profile], among other titles) and actor Jérémie Elkaïm for Les Films de Françoise, Raging Rose is co-produced by Polish outfit Donten & Lacroix Films (Maria Blicharska and Monika Sajko-Gradowska). Having been developed with backing from the CNC (under the “Images of Diversity” support programme) and the MEDIA Programme, the film has been pre-purchased by Ciné+ and France Culture (for a radio adaptation). The feature was supported by the Brittany region, Arte/Cofinova and the Polish Film Institute (Pisf), and it was also aided at the writing stage by the Mill at Andé, the Beaumarchais-SACD grant and the Atelier Grand-Nord. The shoot will take place from 24 November to 9 January in Saint-Brieuc and Poland, and distribution in France will be handled by Epicentre Films.
(Translated from French)
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