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Vianney Lebasque ready to shoot Team Spirit

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- Ahmed Sylla, Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Camélia Jordana topline this Monkey Pack Films and M.E.S. production, which is set to be distributed by SND

Vianney Lebasque ready to shoot Team Spirit
Director Vianney Lebasque

The final preparations are being made ahead of the start of the shoot for the second feature by Vianney Lebasque, Team Spirit [+see also:
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, on 21 July. Having risen to prominence with Les Petits Princes [+see also:
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 (which picked up a nomination for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2014) and also turned heads with the series Les Grands, the filmmaker has assembled a cast including rising star Ahmed Sylla (who was very popular recently in The Climb [+see also:
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), seasoned actor Jean-Pierre Darroussin (nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 1999 and 2008, and the César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1997; set to grace screens from 29 November in The House by the Sea by Robert Guédiguian), Camélia Jordana (currently on the cinema listings in Some Like it Veiled [+see also:
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and also hitting screens from November in Le brio), Olivier Barthelemy (Discount [+see also:
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The Burma Conspiracy [+see also:
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), Esteban (Just to Be Sure [+see also:
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The Rendez-Vous of Déjà-Vu [+see also:
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) and Thomas de Pourquery (glimpsed in Struggle for Life [+see also:
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).

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Written by Franck Bellock and Vianney Lebasque, the movie tells the true story of the most unlikely sporting scam of the 21st century: in order not to lose a grant from his federation, a coach forms a basketball team made up of players faking that they are intellectually disabled in order to take part in the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games.

Produced by Jean-Yves Robin and Marc Stanimirovic for Monkey Pack Films, and by Marc-Etienne Schwartz for M.E.S. Productions (which previously staged Les Petits Princes), Team Spirit is being co-produced by M6 Films and SND. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+Ciné+, M6 and W9, the feature will shoot for 41 days, from 21 July-5 October, in Paris, Bordeaux and Lisbon. SND will be in charge of the French distribution and the international sales.

M.E.S. Productions and Monkey Pack Films also have Revenge [+see also:
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 by Coralie Fargeat in post-production.

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(Translated from French)

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